African Union Ambassador to the United States Amina Salum Ali has urged that Washington and its allies lift sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and other top Harare officials, saying this would help the new unity government effect meaningful change.
The AU envoy urged the lifting of sanctions during a roundtable discussion organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, and reiterated the AU position in an interview with VOA reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye.
Speaking at the same event, South Africa's ambassador to the United States, Welile Nhlapo, said Pretoria hopes the new unity government in Harare will succeed and that his country is boosting humanitarian assistance with an emphasis on the regional cholera epidemic.
Zimbabwean Ambassador Machivenyika Mapuranga told the roundtable that the move by the just-installed government of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to pay civil servants in foreign currencies was legal given the wide extent of dollarization in the country.
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