After his meeting with the US ambassador after a US official labelled Zimbabwe one of the US’s adversaries, Foreign Minister SB Moyo has said Zimbabwe is not a foreign adversary to the US, ZBC News reports.
Speaking about the meeting Dr SB Moyo said:
I informed the Ambassador that Zimbabwe seeks a normal, cooperative relationship with the USA based on mutual understanding, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs: the very opposite of the characteristics voiced by Mr Obrien. I informed the Ambassador that the Government of Zimbabwe derives no pleasure at all from the scenes of violence and hatred which have erupted in cities and towns across the USA
We take due note of the measures deployed by the US authorities to deal with the challenges currently confronting them. The Government of Zimbabwe notes, with astonishment and concern, the comments made by Robert O’Brien. US National Security Advisor, which characterised Zimbabwe as “an adversary of the United States and which named our country as one seeking to take advantage of the current unrest situation in the US in order to “sow discord and to try to damage our democracy
At the same time, we recall the harsh US criticism and condemnation of our own response to multiple instances of illegal violent, civil unrest incited largely by opposition political formations determined to render the country ungovernable; we recall their automatic presumption of state culpability in instances of the alleged abduction, and their assumption of an institutionalised disregard for human rights or rule of law within our Government, and we reflect on the lack of balance and even the double standards so evident in US policy towards Zimbabwe.
On another note, the US Embassy in Harare has issued a statement about the same meeting in which it claimed it reminded the minister about the need to solve the country’s human rights abuse issues.