Zimbabwe looks forward to better relations with the Biden administration


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Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo today said he is confident that Zimbabwe and the United States under its new president Joe Biden will find one another and rekindle the multi-faceted, cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship the two once enjoyed.

In a statement, Moyo said that he hoped that the reality of the violence of 6 January during which President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed Capitol Hill and the reality of a system failure and institutional fallibility would lead to a sober reflection of US policy by the new administration and the emergence of a different, less prescriptive style of US engagement with others, especially Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe has had sour relations with the United States since Washington slapped Harare with sanctions 20 years ago.

“We look forward to working closely with the incoming Biden administration and its Africa team to inject new impetus into our reengagement efforts and to continue the task of rebuilding a strong, productive bilateral relationship based on mutual understanding and respect,” Moyo said.

“Just as we are confident that Americans will swiftly move past the ugliness and chaos of 6 January and the deep polarisation which characterises US society today, so too are we confident that Zimbabwe and the United States will indeed find one another and succeed in rekindling the multi-faceted, cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship we once enjoyed.”

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