Zimbabwe now among Belarus’ top allies

By Senior Writer

Belarus has identified Zimbabwe as one of the countries in the developing world it could model relations around, as the Eurasian country continues to face ostracisation in the West.

Belarus, which is a close ally of Russia, is now looking for new friends – mostly among Western enemies, like Zimbabwe, which has been under sanctions for the past two decades.

In his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly last week, the country’s leader President Aleksandr Lukashenko said work was underway to build a strong foundation for long-term interaction with a wide range of countries of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

In Africa, where there is an increasing number of new emerging economies, Zimbabwe is Lukashenko’s model.

He visited the country in January, on the back of opening an embassy in Harare and reciprocating a State visit by Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2019. In 2015, Mnangagwa also visited Minsk as Vice President.

“We need to build a fine thread of contacts at the highest level like we are doing in Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Venezuela and other countries,” Lukashenko told his countrymen.

“And, I would like to emphasize that we are doing it on an equal footing, unlike modern neo-colonialists whose ancestors plundered the world for centuries,” he said.

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