President sees exciting opportunity in UK relations

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has decided to give an ear to Britain to understand what the former colonial power wants in Zimbabwe following two decades of frosty relations.

Mnangagwa was in the United Kingdom for the coronation of King Charles III at the weekend. 

His visit was significant diplomatically and afforded the Zimbabwean leader to meet potential investors and partners as well as the Diaspora.

Some sections of the local media downplayed the visit and pointed to Mnangagwa’s failure to meet with more senior British officials, including the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak. 

 But Mnangagwa saw the positive side.

“During my trip to London, I had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with the UK Minister for Africa, Rt Hon @AndrewmitchMP
Understanding what steps the UK thinks we must take and developing the relationship between the UK and Zimbabwe is an exciting opportunity for all of us,” he wrote on Twitter.

The President also met Commonwealth Secretary Patricia Scotland.

Zimbabwe’s rejoining the Commonwealth is considered a key plank in the so-called reengagement drive that has so far yielded mixed fortunes, often with the major Western countries blowing hot and cold.

Zimbabwe has sent strong overtures to kiss and make up following years of cold relations following the fallout from the land reform programme in response to which Western countries imposed punitive sanctions from the early 2000s. 

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