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Six new envoys present credentials

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SIX new ambassadors presented their credentials to President Robert Mugabe at State House in Harare yesterday.

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The six were Bruce Wharton (United States), Luciano Luzzari (Switzerland), Pedro Joazvedodavane (Mozambique), Maricou Johan Sang (Belgium), Solomon Dlamini (Swaziland) and Pertti Antittinen (Finland).

Wharton, who took over from Charles A Ray who left the post in May this year, pledged his country’s commitment to financially assist Zimbabwe.

He said he had a good discussion with Mugabe, adding the US embassy was supporting the country’s health, agriculture, business, cultural and civil society sectors.

He said the US would continue assisting Parliament and the constitution-making process.

“I delivered President Obama’s greeting to President Mugabe and expressed the US government’s sincere desire to find common ground to enhance the bilateral relationship,” said Wharton after his meeting with Mugabe.

“We have invested more than $1 billion in health and humanitarian assistance in the last 10 years. The US also promotes business linkages, encouraging American investors to look closely at Zimbabwe’s educated labour force and long-term growth potential.”

He added: “I pledged to President Mugabe our continued support to the people of Zimbabwe and their efforts to build a more just, prosperous and healthy society.

“The government of the United States and the government of Zimbabwe share this desire for a better future for the people of this great nation.”

He said he would engage in respectful dialogue on issues they would differ on Zimbabwe to achieve the goals.

“When we differ on the best means of achieving those goals, I would seek to engage in a dialogue that is respectful and that seeks to uphold the universal values and rights that Zimbabweans fought so hard to gain 32 years ago,” he added.

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