United States calls on South Africa to aid Zimbabwe address challenges

United States calls on South Africa to aid Zimbabwe address challenges

- The United States has urged South Africa to be more proactive in helping resolve the issues facing Zimbabwe

- An American ambassador recently called on the SADC to do more in 'promoting national dialogue'

- This comes as SA's neighbour continues to battle food insecurity and drought in addition to a number of socio-political issues

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American ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols has urged the Southern African Development Community to be proactive in helping the embattled nation.

The SADC, in Nichols' opinion at least, should help in 'promoting national dialogue' with the ambassador commenting that:

“The country is facing yet another drought and food insecurity problems. SADC can play a vital role in supporting that effort.”
United States calls on South Africa to aid Zimbabwe address challenges

The US wants the SADC to be more proactive in helping Zimbabwe face mounting challenges. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

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This interview with the eNCA comes at a time when tensions between the two nations have been rising.

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IOL reports that the southern African nation was dubbed 'foreign adversaries' exploiting protests in the United States following the murder of George Floyd.

Zimbabwean authorities have slammed the US, accusing the world power of interfering with internal affairs and fueling instability.

In fact, the spokesperson to the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party had labelled the ambassador a 'thug'.

The nation's Foreign Affairs Ministry had slammed Nichols for engaging in 'megaphone diplomacy' for voicing his dim views of the government.

South Africa is set to send an ANC delegation to Zimbabwe to meet with the ruling party and other top politicians to address its mounting issues.

This comes after the ANC had signalled its willingness to assist Zimbabwe if it is called upon to do so.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the country had raised a few eyebrows after announcing a considerable u-turn on its infamous land reform policy.

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The nation has now allocated a staggering R500 billion which will go towards compensating white farmers whose land was seized decades ago.

In addition to local farmers, the government recently announced it will be allowing foreign farmers an opportunity to apply as well.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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