Negotiations for the Zimbabwean Government to rejoin the Commonwealth are ongoing and consultations are at an advanced stage.
Negotiations for the Zimbabwean Government to rejoin the Commonwealth are ongoing and consultations are at an advanced stage, according to the country’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Lieutenant-General Sibusiso Moyo (Retired) yesterday.
The new administration was not facing any impediment with regards to it being a member of the Commonwealth.
“There were reasons which led to Zimbabwe extricating itself from the Commonwealth. As a result of that the country withdrew itself from the Commonwealth after suspension,” said Rtd Lt-Gen Moyo. “However, the current position is that there is no impediment whatsoever why Zimbabwe would be averse to rejoining the Commonwealth. In fact, the process which is there at the moment is that there are necessary processes and consultations, which are taking place.”
”These consultations should again inform the Executive so that the processes of rejoining the Commonwealth could then be undertaken.”
President Mnangagwa is already on record expressing his interest in Zimbabwe rejoining the Commonwealth.
It was under former President, Mr Robert Mugabe, that Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth in 2003. However, President Mnangagwa’s new administration is set on opening up Zimbabwe for business and eager to end the isolation of the country on the global stage.