Mugabe to EU: “I don't Want Your Girls, I Want Trade Ties

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe on Thursday called on European nations to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe in order to boost trade ties.

Mugabe said, "We do not want to visit France. I do not want your girls. I do not want to visit France for romantic purposes. I want to develop relations between us”

“Can France have a national introspection and see whether it's right to continue to pursue the policy of sanctions against Zimbabwe”

“We must now look at the future and the need for sanctions to go”

"We want the removal of economic sanctions so we can export beef to Europe. Let's get to trade”

"Let our flowers find home in the Netherlands. Let our greens find their way into the Dutch market but for as long as there are sanctions, this will be difficult”, he added.

EU countries imposed travel bans and asset freezes on Mugabe, his inner circle and linked companies, following elections in 2002 which western observers said were rigged to hand him victory. Mugabe had earlier threatened western countries with retaliation over the sanctions.(AP)
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