London- Britain said on Friday it would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry to the Commonwealth after elections later in the year.
“The UK would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry and a new Zimbabwe that is committed to political and
economic reform that works for all its people,” the Foreign Office said.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking on the side lines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), said July’s election will be a bellwether for the direction of a new Zimbabwe.
“The Zimbabwe government must deliver the free and fair elections the people of Zimbabwe deserve and which
it has promised,” he said.
Former president Robert Mugabe pulled Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth in 2003 after he was criticised
over disputed elections.
NAN reports that the foreign minster will meet his Zimbabwean counterpart Sibusiso Moyo and ministers from
neighbouring African states for talks expected to include Harare’s possible re-admittance to the Commonwealth.
Friday’s talks will take place on the side lines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in London.
Johnson previously said Zimbabwe’s Commonwealth re-admittance would be a “fine and noble aspiration” for
both parties, but that it must hold free and fair election first and also prove it meets the organisation’s
standards on the rule of law, democracy and human rights.
Speaking on Monday, he praised the country’s progress under Mnangagwa but said there was still much to