Australia relaxes Zimbabwe ministerial visits ban

Australia in 2002 banned direct ministerial contact with government ministers in Zimbabwe.

Australia relaxes Zimbabwe ministerial visits ban
Australia said Tuesday it has relaxed a ban on ministerial meetings with members of Zimbabwe's government in response to political improvements in the impoverished African country.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith announced the relaxation of a seven-year-old ban on minister-to-minister meetings on the first anniversary of the power-sharing agreement between longtime President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai became prime minister in February.

Australia in 2002 banned direct ministerial contact with government ministers in Zimbabwe, and in 2004 imposed travel and financial-transaction bans on members of Mugabe's government and senior supporters.

Australia also tightened scrutiny of student visas for the children of senior Zimbabwean government officials.


Reuters
Last Mod: 15 Eylül 2009, 11:12
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