Britain looking to better ties with Zimbabwe

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Britain is willing to work with Zimbabwe to open a new chapter of relations and to deepen its partnership with the Southern African country.

UK’s new Minister for Africa, Harriet Baldwin who just concluded a two-day visit to Harare on Friday said Zimbabwe and Britain were on the cusp of a major diplomatic breakthrough that could see the two countries soon engaging in various investment ventures underpinned on mutual benefit and interest.

“I brought a message (from Prime Minister May) that the UK Government welcomes the messages we heard from the new President in terms of his programme for economic and political reforms and we are very pleased to hear that the plans are to hold free and fair elections in Zimbabwe later this year,” she said.

Baldwin said her meeting with Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa discussed wide-ranging issues on mutual relations and the new era in Zimbabwe.

According to Minister Baldwin, the UK Government was encouraged by President Mnangagwa’s new approach to the political and economic reforms. She said deliberations also touched on the recent visit to Zimbabwe by Commonwealth Development Corporation officials.

She also met Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo (Retired) on Thursday where they discussed ways of enhancing relations between Zimbabwe and the UK.

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