Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson will meet leaders from Europe and Africa on Wednesday to discuss the latest political developments in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s took office last week following the resignation of Robert Mugabe.
Mr Mnangagwa, a former Vice President whose sacking by Mr Mugabe set the stage for a takeover by the Zimbabwean army, has inherited a country with an ailing economy heavily in debt.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Johnson said he had been “encouraged” by what Mr Mnangagwa’s had had to say so far.
“Recent events in Zimbabwe offer a moment of hope for the country and its people. This is a time to look to the future and to make clear that Britain shares the common vision of a prosperous, peaceful and democratic Zimbabwe,” the British foreign secretary said.
“I am encouraged by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s words so far. During his inauguration speech, he promised to reform the economy and give investors the security of title they need if Zimbabwe is to fulfil its potential and create the jobs that are sorely needed. For as long as the President acts on his words, then Britain is willing to work alongside him and offer all the support we can.”
Mr Johnson will attend a major summit in Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa, alongside EU and African Union leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Jacob Zuma. He will also meet representatives of the 18 African Commonwealth countries.
“The UK’s relationship with Africa and the African Union will continue to go from strength to strength and as we leave the EU I want to work even more closely with my counterparts in the region,” Mr Johnson added.
more recommended stories
BA to resume South Africa flights after mounting political pressure
JOHANNESBURG – After mounting political pressure.
SA President Ramaphosa says ANC’s poor election performance is a lesson
President Cyril Ramaphosa says as much.
Sudan’s Hamdok says he returned to safeguard economic gains
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said.
Kenya to deny state services to unvaccinated people
The Kenyan government plans to introduce.
10 shot dead in crackdown on Sudan anti-coup protests
Sudanese security forces shot dead at.
British F35 fighter jet crashes into Mediterranean
A British F35 pilot flying from.
Islamic State group (IS) says it carried out Uganda attack
The so-called Islamic State group (IS).
Triple suicide bombers in Uganda capital kill three civilians, wound dozens
A triple suicide bombing killed at.