Invitations have been sent out and few have not been invited to the US-Africa Summit, which will take place from December 13-15. Only governments without diplomatic relations with Washington (Eritrea, Western Sahara) or which have been suspended by the African Union (Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and Sudan) were left next to. Long banned from the international community, Zimbabwe will however be well represented.
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Arrived in January 2021 at the White House, Joe Biden has indeed taken the opposite view of Barack Obama, who, in 2014, had not wished to invite the Zimbabwean authorities. With President Emmerson Mnangagwa still under sanctions, the invitation was not extended to him last week, but to his foreign minister, Frederick Shava. In other words, the new American administration is still putting pressure on Harare to finally turn the page Mugabe years, but decided to change strategy.
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The objective is to succeed in organizing “a largely inclusive summit”, explains Dana Banks, spokesperson for the National Security Council. “Countries across the continent are struggling and being challenged when it comes to democracy and governance,” she continues. But there are conversations that are important to have. You have to know how to talk about what concerns you. In Harare, where we know all the interest there would be in finally getting closer to Washington, the invitation of the American president was rather well received. “This will be an opportunity for the government to continue its re-engagement efforts,” said Livit Mugejo, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commerce international.