The former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki on Monday met Zimbabwe president, Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa separately in Harare.
Mbeki who mediated the talks between ZANU PF then led by former president Robert Mugabe and the two MDCs then led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his Deputy Professor Arthur Mutambara, respectively, is said to have come to familiarise with the Zimbabwean crisis.
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He suggested during his over 2-hour meeting with President Mnangagwa held at the State House that he was willing to assist Zimbabwe in resolving the challenges it was facing.
Addressing members of the media after meeting with Mnangagwa, Mbeki said:
… I am very glad indeed with what the President and the country are doing to respond to the challenges, and I think it’s very important that the region comes behind the President and the country because the challenges of Zimbabwe are our challenges.
The Herald reports that Chamisa confirmed meeting with Mbeki but did not reveal what they discussed.
Mbeki earlier said that leaders in Zimbabwe must go beyond party interests if they are to solve the socio-economic and political crises in the country saying it was not enough to claim an election victory.
More: The Herald