Namibia & South Africa call for removal of sanctions on Zim

Justin Mahlahla

The Governments of Namibia and South Africa have renewed calls for the unconditional removal of economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West.

This follows a bilateral meeting between Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Dr. Naledi Pandor, in Windhoek, Namibia.

The two ministers, who held the meeting for Diplomatic and Political Consultations from 14-15 July 2021, reiterated their constant and unequivocal call for the unconditional removal of all economic sanctions against Zimbabwe.

In this connection, they undertook to continue to intensify calls for the removal of sanctions in bilateral and multilateral platforms,” a communique released after the meeting read.

The meeting also raised concern over the lack of progress in the full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions on Western Sahara, and the Palestine Question, and called for the intensification of efforts towards the full exercise of the inalienable right to self-determination and national independence of the Saharawi People and the Palestinian People.

The consultations allowed the Ministers to consult each other and exchange views on a wide range of issues pertaining to the strengthening and consolidation of bilateral relations and cooperation between Namibia and South Africa.

On regional matters, the meeting exchanged views on issues related to the peace and security situation in the SADC region and commended SADC initiatives to address the challenges in the republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini to ensure lasting peace and security in the region.

On Lesotho, Namibia congratulated South Africa for the excellent work as the SADC Facilitator with regard to the security situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho, and the meeting noted progress made pertaining to political and security reforms being fast-tracked for completion in October 2021.

Namibia expressed concern at the incidences of looting and criminality prevailing in some Provinces of South Africa.

Minister Pandor assured Namibia that transport corridors would continue operating uninterrupted to deliver good and services to Namibia, particularly essential ones needed to fight Covid-19.