Zimbabwe

Queen 'talks fondly of Zim, wants to visit '

2012-07-30 13:11
Queen Elizabeth II (AP, File)

Queen Elizabeth II (AP, File)

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson has reportedly described President Barack Obama’s visit to the African Union headquarters as 'just a visit by another visitor'.

Cape Town - Relations between Britain and Zimbabwe are strained, but UK ambassador to Zimbabwe Deborah Bronnert says Queen Elizabeth II wishes to visit the country, Radio Vop said in a report.

"When I spoke to her last year she had full memories of visiting this country.

"I could see her love for the country in our conversation connected to my coming here as a representative. She was talking very fondly of Zimbabwe and her intentions to come here, travelling around here and seeing the people of Zimbabwe," Bronnert said.

Bronnert said that 2012 is a "special year" for the United Kingdom, which is hosting the London Olympics and Paralympics, and also celebrated the monarch's diamond jubilee.

President Robert Mugabe can’t set foot in London because of European Union imposed travel bans.

Mugabe blames Britain for retaliation following his controversial seizure of white owned farmlands.

The last time Queen Elizabeth visited Zimbabwe was in October 1991, when Zimbabwe was hosting the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Harare.

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