Zimbabwe in pursuit to strengthen diplomatic relations with Western nations

Mnangagwa welcomed by Vladamir Putin in Russia for a state visit [Image:courtesy]
LUSAKA, Zimbabwe —Deepening ties with all nations including those that ounce ostracized Zimbabwe is the heart of President Mnangagwa’s foreign policy trust.

As the President bid farewell to two ambassadors designated to the western world yesterday, he asked them to take the message of warm diplomatic relationship to them, adding that they are “friend to all and enemy to none.”

The ambassadors-designate to Germany and Sweden, Ms. Alice Mashingaidze and Mrs. Priscilla Msihairambwi-Mushonga respectively told journalists after briefing with President Mnangagwa at State House that their work was crystal clear.

“My work is cut very clearly that we need to restore the relations we used to have with Germany in the past. We have cordial relation now, but we need to strengthen them, deepen them and even increase them to greater heights,” said Ambassador Mashingaidze.

Apart from representing Zimbabwe to Germany, Ambassador Mashingaidze will also be the country’s flag bearer in Switzerland, while Ambassadors Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushoga will also represent the country in Nordic countries.

Ambassador Misihairambwi-Mushonga, who is a former opposition legislator with a career spanning more than two decades, said her appointment reflected president Mnangagwa’s magnanimity and ability to see things beyond partisans political lenses.

“The main goal is re-engagement, that we need to relations that date back from the time of the liberation struggle that is going to be the main focus. There also issues of development, issues of humanitarian aid, issues of investment is the priority and that is the instruction from the president.” Said Ms Misiharaimbiwe-Mushoga.

Going beyond partisan politics, Ambassador Misiharaimbwi-Mushonga said she will be representing the president in Sweden to champion Zimbabwe’s interests.

“When you are posted out: you are not representing a political party, but you are representing the head of state, and therefore the issue around politics and partnership is not the subject of our focus. You are representing the present who takes care of everybody irrespective of where they are coming from.” She said.

President Mnangagwa has defined the pillars that are critical in the country’s international relations under principles of the United Natio0ns and these are peace and security, with the country’s representatives charged with looking at national interest, adopting the position taken by SADC and that of the African Union.