president mugabe and eu envoy.jpgThe new Ambassador of the European Union to Zimbabwe, Mr Aldo Dellariccia says he is pleased with the environment prevailing in the country and said there is a possibility of a breakthrough in the Zimbabwe-European Union dialogue.

Mr Dellariccia said this when he presented his credentials to the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe at State House in Harare on Thursday afternoon.

The new EU Ambassador was one of the 7 new ambassadors who presented their credentials to President Mugabe.

Relations between Zimbabwe and the EU in the past few years have been frosty, with the European bloc imposing illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The sanctions were a result of the internationalisation of the bilateral Zimbabwe-Britain land dispute.


Some inter-ministeral meetings between the EU and Zimbabwe were held, but no meaningful developments have been registered towards the removal of the sanctions which were instead renewed earlier this year.

Mr Dellariccia hailed the freedom of the press in the country, saying he is optimistic relations between Zimbabwe and the EU may soon be normalised.

The new Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Anders Liden whose country is in the EU, also presented his credentials to President Mugabe.

He replaces Mr Sten Rylander who left the country earlier this year. Mr Anders was also optimistic that relation between Zimbabwe and Sweden would improve.

Mrs Helena Joziasse is the new Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe.  Ambassador Joziasse said her country is keen to establish dialogue for the restoration of the warm traditional ties between the two nations and cooperation, especially in the agricultural and water management sectors.

Two envoys from the African continent also presented their letters of appointment from their Heads of State. They are the new Kenyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Josephine Awour and Professor Richard Duncan Phoya, who is now Malawi’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Kenya and Malawi share close ties in the African Union, Comesa and are working together for integration between SADC, Comesa and the east african economic community.

Professor Richard Phoya, who is a Professor of Animal Science and once worked  at the University of Zimbabwe, called on business people from Zimbabwe and Malawi to interlink and closely cooperate in the education sector and in the area of professionals where he said the highly skilled Zimbabwean experts have a lot to give to the people of Malawi.

The Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Mr Ladislav Straka and Mr Goran Vujic, who are both resident in South Africa, were also at State House with their letters of credence and they expressed readiness to work closely with Zimbabwe.