Respected former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Mr Koffi Annan and two other members from a group called The Elders have met President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House this morning with Mr Annan saying the team is in Zimbabwe to encourage peaceful and credible elections.

The three member delegation comprising Mr Annan, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson and former Foreign Minister of Algeria, Mr Lakhdar Brahimi arrived on Thursday and will be in Zimbabwe until this Saturday.

The meeting has ended and Mr Koffi saying they will be holding a media briefing tomorrow [Saturday] when they have concluded all their meetings.

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo also attended the meeting.

The Elders are also expected to meet President of the MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa and thereafter will also meet with officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Constituting The Elders are prominent people who use their collective experience and influence to advance peace and justice around the world.

The group was founded in 2007 by former South African president, Nelson Mandela.

The group is currently chaired by Mr Annan, with Gro Harlem Brundtland, the first woman and Prime Minister of Norway as deputy chair of the elders.

Other distinguished members include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ban ki-Moon, Mary Robinson and Graça Machel.