Zimbabwe shuts door on West - report

2013-10-07 11:28

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe says it will no longer pursue re-engagement with Western countries until they lift their "illegal sanctions" that continue to affect the country's economy, a report says

According to Herald, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe had nothing more to negotiate with the West after they failed to endorse the 31 July elections in which President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party won "resoundingly".

Mubengegwi said it was in fact the West which was supposed to seek re-engagement with Zimbabwe after they "imposed" sanctions on the southern African country.

Mubengegwi’s remarks come a week after Mugabe accused the United State and the UK for trying to control his nation and its resources.

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Mugabe told the West to remove their "illegal and filthy sanctions".

The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwean state firms and travel restrictions on Mugabe and dozens of his associates after a violent 2000 election.

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