HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa will use
his two-day state visit to Guinea as a launch pad to appeal for
African support in Zimbabwe’s efforts to re-engage the West so
that economic sanctions imposed on the country are lifted, a top
government official has said.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba told state media
journalists accompanying Mnangagwa that the trip was critical
for Zimbabwe’s cause for the removal of sanctions.
Mnangagwa left Harare Monday for Guinea’s Conakry at the
invitation of President Alpha Conde.
“We are consolidating African support towards our re-engagement
with the western world where we must make sure that all
sub-regions of Africa are solidly behind Zimbabwe in its efforts
to break sanctions as well as achieve some rapport with the
West,” he was quoted as saying by the Herald newspaper on
“Generally, you are more effective when your neighbor adopts
your own cause so that it becomes an African position. That is
precisely what we are trying to do by consolidating our support
in SADC (Southern African Development Community), which we have
already done,” he added.
Zimbabwe has been reeling under economic sanctions since it
embarked on contentious land reforms in 2000 which resulted in
hundreds of white farmers losing their land to formerly landless