Suzanne McCourt the outgoing Australian Ambassador has expressed optimism that her country’s relations with Zimbabwe will improve and become more cordial. McCourt expressed these sentiments after meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa who she described as “open-minded.” McCourt bade her farewell to Mnangagwa on Wednesday, as she ends the tour she started in 2015. Said, McCourt:
I am encouraged by the frank discussions I had with President Mnangagwa, he is so open-minded and I am optimistic that bilateral relations will now turn for the better.
Certainly, the messaging from His Excellency, the President, has been very positive, wanting to be open for business, wanting to re-engage with countries. The past conversations have not been frank and the fact that I have just had a meeting with His Excellency, the President, is an indication of that. So I am very confident that we can move on and be in a positive development.
We are grateful that we have many things and interests in common. One of those is the mining sector, an interest in developing the mining sector in Zimbabwe. There are many Australian companies who have expertise in mining in Africa. I hope this is one area we can develop, going forward.
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