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Commonwealth of Nations Summit to Examine Readmission of Zimbabwe


The Telegraph said Commonwealth leaders including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown were likely to set a two-year timetable for Zimbabwe's readmission

Readmitting Zimbabwe to the Commonwealth of Nations is likely to be come up when the 53-member group meets in summit in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, a British newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Telegraph said Commonwealth leaders including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will take up the issue and were likely to set a two-year timetable for readmission.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe pulled the country out of the Commonwealth in 2003 after it extended Zimbabwe’s suspension over alleged human rights abuses, accusing the British-dominated organization of racism.

Harare political sources said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been lobbying for the country's readmission.

Minister of State Gordon Moyo, in Mr. Tsvangirai’s office, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that while the Harare government has not officially taken up the question of readmission, one of its main foreign policy objectives is to re-engage the international community.

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