Zimbabwe:Written question - HL5837

Asked on: 18 March 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Zimbabwe
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the view expressed by the European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe in February that "we have a true partnership" with the current government of Zimbabwe; and if not, what action they have taken to register their concern about those comments.
Answered on: 26 March 2015

The EU does not have an Ambassador to Zimbabwe but does have a Head of Delegation. In a press statement on 16 February, the Head of the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe said: "Today, with the signature of the National Indicative Programme, we have made an important step in our cooperation with Zimbabwe. We look forward to work in all the strategic and important areas covered by this National Indicative Programme, with the aim to foster the political and economic reforms Zimbabwe is undertaking." In a separate interview and, we believe, speaking more conceptually about relationships rather than specifically about the current EU-Zimbabwe relationship, he is quoted as saying, "In a true partnership among equals, we may sometimes diverge in opinion and vision. But those divergences can be overcome through real, frank and open dialogue without taboos." We agree that reforms are necessary in Zimbabwe and that frank discussion should help their delivery.

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