Mugabe in Rome for beatification

2011-04-30 11:28

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Rome - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe landed in Rome on Saturday to attend the beatification of late pope John Paul II at the Vatican, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

Mugabe, 87, who obtained a special exemption from a European Union travel ban to make the journey, arrived in Rome's main airport on a special Air Zimbabwe flight with his wife Grace and a large delegation, the report said.

Mugabe was welcomed by Zimbabwe's ambassadors to Italy and to the Holy See amid strict airport security after landing just after 06:00 GMT.

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