Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister, Sibusiso Moyo said that the Zimbabwean government has redoubled its efforts to re-engage Western countries.
Minister Moyo stated that the government has plans to set up a meeting between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the United States of America President Donald Trump.
Appearing before the Kindness Paradza chaired Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on Monday, Minister Moyo said:
We have been in good books with our friends in the East. The challenge has been ending our isolation with the West. We had to start with the original, the United Kingdom with efforts to normalise relations with the UK, the EU and the United States of America.
Our government is in the process of re-engaging with the rest of the world but so many puzzles have to be put together. Our president must meet with American president Donald Trump but it is a process.
Moyo said that the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act (ZDERA) impedes normalising relations between Zimbabwe and the United States.
He revealed that the European Union (EU) initially refused to recognise the Harare regime soon after the disputed 2018 national elections. Said Moyo:
Initially, the EU refused to recognise the new Zimbabwe administration alleging election rigging. We have launched a dialogue to upgrade our level of engagement. Resumption of dialogue with the EU is a precursor with other nations such as Switzerland.