United States of America Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons who introduced a bill to lay the framework for U.S. relations with the new government in Zimbabwe, met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo at Munhumutapa Buildiung today.
Responding to Reuben Barwe’s question on whether sanctions on Zimbabwe will be reviewed earlier than February next year, Senator Coons said the reviewing of sanctions was not based on one thing. He however highlighted that USA is ready to partner with Zimbabwe. Said Coons:
It’s just about one date, it’s not just about the election or one thing here and one thing there and it should not be measured only in whether one piece of the sanctions is lifted on one day. We discussed many concrete things we can do together to strengthen and making brighter the future of Zimbabwe and to make America a stronger and better partner in that and so there are many days that we should be looking forward to marking and following and hopefully celebrating together.
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The two senators want the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 to be amended and tougher conditions set out for sanctions to be lifted.