Harare - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa made a home visit on Friday to the leader of the country's main opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been battling cancer.
The visit came as Zimbabwe's political parties prepare to begin campaigning for elections due later this year - the first since former president Robert Mugabe stood down following a brief military takeover.
Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by his deputy Constantino Chiwenga, the former army chief who led November's takeover, said Tsvangirai was "recuperating very well" following his colon cancer diagnosis two years ago.
An image of the meeting showed Tsvangirai looking frail as he sat on a couch next to Mnangagwa who appeared relaxed and wore a smart dark suit.
"The politics of peace, the politics of working together, the politics of caring for each other," he said.
Tsvangirai is a former prime minister and a veteran political figure who is hoping to lead a unified opposition bloc against Mnangagwa and his all-powerful Zanu-PF party.
As Mugabe loyalists unleashed a wave of violence against MDC supporters, Tsvangirai pulled out of the race and later entered negotiations with the government.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa (R) meets the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the country's main opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai (C), flanked by his wife Elizabeth Macheka (L), during a visit at his home in Harare. (File:AFP)
He subsequently became prime minister in a power-sharing government in which he was widely seen as being out-foxed by Mugabe.