Zimbabwe PM briefs diplomats on SADC summit

20:49, August 20, 2010      

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Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Tsvangirai addresses the media at Zimbabwe House in the capital Harare, December 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister and MDC-T party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has met diplomats, mostly from Western countries, to brief them on the outcome of the 30th SADC summit held Namibia earlier this week, local media reported on Friday.

The meeting at Harvest House, the party's national headquarters, was closed to the media.

After the meeting, MDC-T Secretary for International Affairs Eliphas Mukonoweshuro said, "He was briefing diplomats on the SADC Summit and said he was very happy and optimistic with the outcome. He also discussed the agenda of the inclusive Government."

The Southern African regional bloc urged the three parties in the Zimbabwean government to come up with a roadmap culminating in free and fair elections. The elections will be held after the constitutional referendum.

The three parties have also agreed that the removal of sanctions was necessary for holding free and fair polls.

They have agreed on 24 out of 27 issues with the remaining matters largely focusing on the status of Attorney-General Johannes Tomana, Reserve Bank Governor Dr Gideon Gono and Roy Bennett's nomination by the MDC-T as agriculture deputy minister.

The appointment of provincial governors will be dealt with concurrently with the lifting of illegal Western sanctions on Zimbabwe.

The diplomats at the meeting represented Germany, the United States, the European Commission, Botswana and Namibia.

Source: Xinhua


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