France Wants EU to Lift Sanctions Imposed on Zimbabwe
France wants sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the European Union (EU) lifted and the new administration to be financially assisted by multilateral financial institutions in its quest to rebuild its distressed economy, says a top French official.
The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe nearly two decades ago at the behest of Britain, which had political disagreements with Harare over its land reform programme which sought to correct colonial land imbalances which favoured the white minority.
While the embargo has over the years has been reviewed and some restrictions removed, Zimbabwe remains under the yoke of the sanctions which have restricted its ability to receive any form of financial support from multilateral institutions and even investors.
However, with the coming in of a new government since late last year led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has re-opened doors for re-engagement to have Zimbabwe accepted as part of the family of nations, some countries in the West, among them France, have had a change of heart.
France’s Minister of State in the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemonye, paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa in Abidjan Monday. The president was in Cote d\’Ivoire to attend the two-day Africa CEO Forum