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SADC to engage USA and Europe over Zimbabwe

by Mandla Ndlovu
18 Nov 2019 at 08:48hrs | Views
South Africa's Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor says the Southen African Development Cooperation must engage the United States of America and the European Union to lift the sanctions that were imposed upon Zimbabwe in the turn of the millennium.

Pandor was speaking at the DIRCO theme held in South Africa under the theme: "The best path to a prosperous Zimbabwe.

Said Pandor, "SADC may need to go beyond the resolution we adopted and engage those who have imposed sanctions to agree on lifting sanctions to support the recovery of sectors such as health, agriculture and education. At the August SADC summit we all supported a resolution proposing October 25th as a day for calling for an end to sanctions against Zimbabwe."

Pandor added that the adoption of the resolution only was not enough.

"As DIRCO we acted on the SADC decision, but we felt that we may need to go one step beyond such a call and begin a process on reflecting on the solutions that could be considered to actively address the challenges. We have all become very competent at addressing and adopting resolutions yet far too inadequate in informed reflection on what solutions or approaches may be practicable."

Commenting on Zimbabwe's situation, Minister Pandor noted that the political formations in Zimbabwe remain at loggerheads and have apparent deep antipathy toward each other which makes joint decision making and planning extremely difficult.

"It seems clear that even as we support the call for an end to economic sanctions, the political dynamics are inextricably linked to the economic and thus should be confronted simultaneously." She said.

Source - Byo24News