Countries push for lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions

The southern African regional bloc, SADC, has called for the “unconditional and immediate” lifting of all sanctions against the Zimbabwean government.

“As SADC, we are concerned by the continuation of sanctions on some individuals or entities of Zimbabwe,” said a statement by Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, who is the chairperson of the organisation that brings together 16 countries.

Chakwera said the “prolonged” sanctions have hindered Zimbabwe’s prospects of “economic recovery, human security and sustainable growth”.

Zimbabwe has been under economic sanctions from the United States and the European Union (EU), targeting specific individuals and companies – which the government blames for the country’s economic problems.

The statement by the SADC said Zimbabwe and the regional block were committed to talks with the relevant players to enhance democracy, governance and human rights.

The EU and the US have cited a lack of progress in democratic and human rights reforms as well as restrictions on press freedom.

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