Zimbabwe's relations with Botswana on the mend

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 15, 2018

Zimbabwe has struck a landmark agreement that is set to see the country processing its diamonds in Botswana.

Shortly after his arrival Mnangagwa held closed-door talks with President Ian Khama before addressing parliament.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Botswana for a two-day state visit that is part of efforts to strengthen political and economic cooperation between the southern African neighbours.Mnangagwa is leading a high-powered delegation comprising cabinet ministers and business leaders, a break from past tradition when former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe used to travel with government officials only. Botswana has world class diamond sorting facilities.

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"It has been over a decade since Botswana and Zimbabwe officially exchanged State visits, a situation that certainly does not augur well for the promotion and sustenance of the spirit of good neighbourliness among friendly States", Khama said at a State banquet he hosted for Mnangagwa.

Khama said the Zimbabwean leader's visit was historic and provided fresh impetus for the "revitalisation and consolidation of the time-tested relations that exist between the two countries".

He also invited Botswana companies to take advantage of the new investor-friendly environment and exploit the vast natural resources Zimbabwe has to offer.

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