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New British, European Union envoys present credentials

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THE new British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing yesterday presented her credentials to President Robert Mugabe at State House where they discussed the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe’s bilateral relations going forward, among other issues.

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“I had a constructive discussion with President Mugabe, where we agreed that we should look forward and try to move our relationship onto a more positive trajectory,” she said.

“The UK remains committed to supporting the people of Zimbabwe achieve a more prosperous and democratic future, and believes it’s essential we’re able to have a mature dialogue to address issues of mutual interest and concern.”

The new European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe Philippe van Damme also yesterday presented his credentials to Mugabe.

“Together with its member states, the EU is by far the largest donor to Zimbabwe, providing more than half of the official development aid. The EU remains committed to further enhancing its engagement with Zimbabwe and I look forward to continuing with our efforts in order to support the necessary reforms towards a more prosperous and democratic State, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights,” Van Damme said.

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