Zimbabwe

Obama administration ditching Tsvangirai?

2013-04-17 13:30
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (File, AFP)

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – A top envoy from the United States administration reportedly met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday in an attempt to "normalise relations with Zimbabwe ahead of crunch elections" scheduled to be held later this year.

The Herald reported on Wednesday that the Obama administration dispatched its former ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young to meet with Mugabe to convey the message of reconciliation.

The report described the envoy’s visit as a sign the West was looking to ditch Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his party after they "realised that the regime change agenda has aborted and MDC-T cannot form the next government".

Speaking after meeting Mugabe, Young said the US wanted to normalise relations.

"The state department has asked me to come visit and just to say that we have Zimbabwe in our hearts and that we would like to see relations with Zimbabwe resume as they were pre the problems," he said.

Young also condemned the illegal sanctions regime, saying the sanctions should be removed.

"I should say I have never particularly approved of the sanctions personally, but I have never been able to get rid of them," he said.

"But I think we have an administration now that is ready to move beyond sanctions, but we need reassurance that Zimbabwe is as peaceful and as positive a society I think it is."

Western media, among them CNN, The Guardian and New York Times, recently attacked Tsvangirai, saying his public image had been soiled by his sexual escapades while corruption within the rank and file of the party would play against his party at the polls.

Read more on:    mdc  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  us  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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