Zuma urges US to ease sanctions

South African President, Jacob Zuma, implored the United States to further relax sanctions in neighbouring Zimbabwe.


Zuma, the Southern African Development Community-appointed facilitator to Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement, welcomed the recent easing of the targeted sanctions saying they had resulted in the better economic climate in the country.

"We are encouraged by the relaxation of sanctions on Zimbabwe by the Unite States Government and urge further steps in this regard as it will strengthen the economy of Zimbabwe," Zuma said as he addressed the media following a meeting with US President Barack Obama.

Obama is in a two-day official visit to South Africa.

Recently, his country eased sanctions imposed on some members of Zanu (PF) and other officials aligned to the party.

This came after some political reforms following the formation of an inclusive government consisting of Zanu (PF) and the two MDC formations.

The US imposed the restrictive measures more than a decade ago after human rights violations blamed on President Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) and a series of disputed elections.

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