The United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa for foreign and commonwealth office and the department for international development, Harriet Baldwin arrived in the country today and met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Rtd Lt-General Sibusiso Moyo at his Munhumutapa office in Harare.
The newly appointed Minister for Africa for foreign and commonwealth office and the department for international development chose Zimbabwe as her first overseas trip in her new role.
She said she is in Zimbabwe to learn more about the country and the challenges and opportunities it has under the new government.
Minister Baldwin also wants to see some of the work that the UK is supporting.
Accompanied by the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mrs Catriona Lang to the meeting with Dr Moyo, she told journalists who wanted to know when sanctions will be scrapped and prospects of Zimbabwe being re-admitted into the commonwealth, that she will be able to say more on Zimbabwe-UK ties after meeting the Head of State Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The head of DFID in Zimbabwe and South Africa and the embassy’s political counsellor Mr John Culley also attended the meeting.
From the Zimbabwean side, Dr Moyo was in the company of his Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Joey Bimha and Ambassador Chipo Zindoga.
The visit by the United Kingdom Minister for Africa comes in the wake of President Mnangagwa’s campaign which he began from day one of his inauguration and has seen him meeting the movers and shakers of the global economy in Davos. – ZBC