ZIM-EU DIALOGUE: Trade & removal of sanctions high on the agenda

By Josephine Mugiyo Diplomatic Corespondent
THE Third Session of the Zimbabwe -European Union Political Dialogue took place in Harare this Thursday, with trade and removal of sanctions high on the agenda.
Briefing the media after the closed door meeting, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Fredrick Shava said Zimbabwe is ready and committed to improving trade relations with countries in the European Union.
He also highlighted Zimbabwe‘s renewed commitment to re-engagement efforts in a constructive manner.
“The member states of the EU are our friends for a long time and we would like to get to a situation where we trade with more of them,” said the Foreign Affairs minister.
The issue of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the European Union remains a major sticking point which also came under the spotlight.
“Zimbabwe also noted with regret that the EU continues to renew sanctions which sustain a negative spotlight on the country. They are argue that they are not sanctions but restrictive measures,” said Minister Shava.
The Head of the European Union to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Timo Olkkonen said they appreciate the continuation of formal political dialogue with Zimbabwe.
“We wish to deepen our common engagement in this format and we would like to suggest that we, in addition to the high level dialogue also allow for a more structured sectoral policy dialogue with line ministries,” he said.
Stakeholders from various ministries including finance and economic development, home affairs and cultural heritage as well as the health and child care attended the dialogue.

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