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Zambia tells Britain sanctions on Zimbabwe are hurting it too

Zambia’s Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has told Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe because they are affecting his country’s growth as well. “We are appealing to Britain to help some of our neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe, our economies in this region are inter-linked, when there is a problem there, it spills over to us…..We need to grow our economy and reduce donor dependence,” he told Greening who is visiting Zambia. Britain pushed for sanctions on Zimbabwe through the European Union more than 10 years ago. The EU lifted sanctions on all Zimbabwean individuals and entities this year leaving only President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace and the Zimbabwe Defence Industries. It promised to review the situation on 1 November and might review bilateral aid. The United States on the other hand regularised its sanctions on Zimbabwe yesterday.

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