WINDHOEK, Zimbabwe and Namibia will soon convene a meeting of their Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) to explore ways to deepen relations following leadership changes which have taken place in the two countries, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe.

President Mnangagwa disclosed this when he was in Windhoek for a one-day visit Monday to apprise his counterpart, President Hage Geingob, on the recent leadership changes in Zimbabwe following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe after an unprecedented military action and public revolt last November.

Addressing a bilateral meeting attended by the two Heads of States and top officials from both countries here, President Mnangagwa said relations between the two countries would continue to be strengthened.

We believe that we should soon have our Joint Permanent Commission where we are going to discuss details of our cooperation and see that the aspirations of our people, our two nations are implemented, he

said, without mentioning any date.

He said the Namibian government had written to the Zimbabwean government outlining areas in which the two should co-operate, and these were already under consideration.

President Mnangagwa said he had assured his counterpart that the former President Robert Mugabe would be well looked after and that his legacy, as a revolutionary African icon, would be preserved.

Looking back to the time he was in exile last year, President Mnangagwa said Dr Geingob was one of three Heads of States who had contacted him after he had been fired as Deputy President to comfort him.

Following the leadership changes in Zimbabwe, President Mnangagwa had embarked on a regional tour, which saw him earlier visiting South Africa and Angola, to appraise his counterparts of the change of guard,

and he would soon also visit Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana.

President Hage Geingob thanked President Mnangagwa for updating him of the developments in Zimbabwe.

We, as close friends of Zimbabwe were watching the situation with keen interest, he said, adding that they viewed Zimbabwe as a powerhouse in Africa".

Dr Geingob said the two countries must work together especially in agriculture. He recalled how the two leaders had met before as the two countries fought for their independence.

He said it was important that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) had recognized President Mnangagwa's leadership. Namibia, he said, was forever grateful for the support that it had received from Zimbabwe in its fight for its independence.