SADC calls for lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions

SADC calls for lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has reiterated its call for the lifting of sanctions against its member state, Zimbabwe.
Chairperson, Namibia's President Hage Geingob made the call during a state banquet for visiting Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House on Thursday.
He said that there can be no doubt that about the impact that the targeted sanctions imposed by western countries have on the recovery and growth of Zimbabwean economy.
Geingob called on the western countries to enter into a constructive engagement and dialogue with the new government of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is the incoming chair of SADC's Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, taking over from Zambia.
Geingob pledged Namibia's unwavering support in efforts to further consolidate the maintenance and security in the region.
On his part, President Mnangagwa hailed achievements in SADC under Namibia's chairmanship as Geingob prepares to hand over the baton to John Magufuli of Tanzania next month.
He singled out the successful elections in member states like South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Comoros.
The Zimbabwean leader also expressed gratitude to Namibia and SADC at large for support for his government's economic recovery programmes.
President Mnangagwa was in Namibia for a State visit which included signing of bilateral agreements and the inauguration of that country's dry port at Namport.