FULL TEXT: Response To The USA’s Extension Of Sanctions On Zimbabwe

The government has said that it is dismayed by the USA’s decision to extend sanctions on the Southern African country. We present the government’s statement in full below.

Government has noted with dismay the White House Message to the United States Congress in which a decision was made to extend the sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe, for one more year.

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Once again, the Government of the United States has chosen to strangely characterise Zimbabwe as a country that ‘poses an extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States’. We find this a baffling position. All the Zimbabwean Government asks for, is to be allowed space to be a full member of the community of nations transacting without restrictions as other nations do. We don’t seek to interfere with the foreign policy or interests of any nation and we have no history of doing that. Our commitment is to the development of our country and the delivery of socio-economic outcomes to our people.

The Government of Zimbabwe strongly objects to the unfounded assertion that its security forces engaged in acts of extrajudicial killings and rape against its own citizens in the last year. Any acts of criminality by anyone are subjected to the criminal justice process of the country.

We have embarked on a pathway of reform because it is in the best interest of our Nation to do so and it is also necessary to align our policies and programmes with our constitution. We therefore call upon those nations who wish our country and people well to partner us and be patient with us as we continue to undertake these reforms towards meeting the aspirations of our people.

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