The European Union (EU) has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the government of Zimbabwe has to institute reforms for assistance to be forthcoming.
Mnangagwa met the EU commissioner for international co-operation and development, Neven Mimica on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday.
The two discussed recent developments in the country, particularly the killing of 17 people in a brutal crackdown on protestors. Writing on Twitter on Saturday, Mimica said:
In the margins of the AU summit, I met with the President of Zimbabwe ED Mnangagwa, a few months after my visit to Harare. We took stock of what has been achieved and agreed that more needs to be done, EU is ready to step up its support if conditions are met.
Mnangagwa has been seeking to reengage the international community since his coming into office on the back of a military coup in 2017. However, the recent brutal crackdown on protestors has likely jeopardised those efforts.