Britain and Zimbabwe discussed political and economic issues

Britain’s Africa Minister Vicky Ford told parliament yesterday that she had met Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Frederick Shava.

Britain’s Africa Minister Vicky Ford told parliament yesterday that she had met Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Frederick Shava and Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube 13 days ago to discuss political and economic issues ahead of the next year’s elections.

Responding to a question from Ruth Jones, Ford said she met the two in London on June 30.

“I have noted that the UK would like to see Zimbabwe get arrears clearance, and that this can happen if Zimbabwe successfully completes a program monitored by International Monetary Fund staff and makes reasonable progress. on political reform,” she said.

“Ahead of the upcoming elections in 2023, I stressed the importance of civic space and the need for all political parties to respect the rule of law, refrain from the use of violence and be able to campaign freely.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned on July 7.

Questions and answers

Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs): I ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development what recent discussions the government has had with the government of Zimbabwe.

Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office): I [Minister Ford] met with Foreign Minister Shava and Finance Minister Ncube in London on June 30 and discussed political and economic issues.

I [Minister Ford] noted that the UK would like to see Zimbabwe get arrears clearance, and that this can happen if Zimbabwe successfully completes an International Monetary Fund staff-monitored program and makes reasonable progress on reform Politics.

In anticipation of the next elections in 2023, I [Minister Ford] stressed the importance of civic space and the need for all political parties to respect the rule of law, refrain from resorting to violence and be able to campaign freely.

Source: The Insider

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