WYNTER Kabimba says PF and Fatah are pursuing similar programmes - with a common theme of improving the quality of citizens, especially the poor.
During a meeting with Palestine's Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ziyad Abu Amro in Ramallah, Kabimba, the PF secretary general, said the development programme in Palestine in the areas of education, health and agriculture were impressive and that Zambia had a lot to learn from it.
"Zambia has always maintained unbroken diplomatic relations with Palestine since 1977 when the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) opened its embassy in Lusaka. As a country we are proud to have voted with the rest of the world at the United Nations to grant Palestine the status of a 'non-member observer state' last year," said Kabimba who is also justice minister.
And Amro said his country was indebted to President Michael Sata for the warm relations between the two countries.
Amro said Kabimba's visit would mark the rejuvenation of the 36 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations that existed between Zambia and Palestine.
Earlier, Kabimba met with the commissioner of international relations of Palestine's ruling National Liberation Movement (Fatah) Dr Nabeel Shaath, who called for the strengthening of ties between Fatah and the PF.
Dr Shaath said Fatah enjoyed strong ties with many African political parties, among them South Africa's ruling African National Congress which had maintained diplomatic ties with Palestine.
Dr Shaath congratulated Kabimba on his election as president of the Council of African Political Parties.