UK appoints ex-World Bank Director Ms Melanie Robinson new Ambassador to Zimbabwe

The British government has appointed Melanie Robinson as Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe starting in January 2019 in succession to Ms Catriona Laing CB who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Before confirmation of her Zimbabwe posting, Robinson was attached to the World Bank Group in Washington as an Executive Director for the UK.

Britain’s foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) confirmed her new appointment in a statement Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Laing leaves Harare after the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa for a full five-year term having taken over power following last November’s military coup.

The U.K says it would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry into the Commonwealth, a 53-nation bloc of former British colonies that could bring economic benefit to the once-pariah African state.

“The U.K. would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry” into the Commonwealth, a press release from the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said at a roundtable at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Mugabe withdrew Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth in 2003 in a row over sanctions.

 

 

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