LILONGWE, MALAWI, — President Edgar Lungu of Zambia and his counterparts from Malawi and Mozambique have resolved to quickly open up the Nacala logistics corridor which is aimed at boosting trade among the three countries by linking landlocked Zambia and Malawi to the port at Nacala in northern Mozambique.

The three Heads of State also discussed in a closed door meeting at State House Lilongwe in Malawi on Monday the political environments in the three countries.

Addressing the media immediately after the meeting, President Lungu said their discussions were aimed at enhancing trade co-operation among the three countries.

President Lungu noted that the three countries were looking at the growth of business in the sub-region.

Malawian President Peter Mutharika said he invited President Lungu and Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi to discuss matters which affected the three countries.

President Mutharika said they agreed to manage the refugee situation in the three countries.

he added that the refugees should voluntarily return to their own countries and that if they did not they should be able to produce proper documents.

President Mutharika said the three Heads of State explained and exchanged ideas on various matters, including trade, politics and the refugee situations in their respective countries.

Regarding food security, President Mutharika said Malawi was ready to import 1.2 million c tonnes of maize grain from within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

The shortage of maize grain in Malawi had affected about three million people.