vp joice mujuru2 29.09.10.jpgTwo envoys – one from Algeria and another from Sweden on Thursday paid courtesy calls on Vice President Joice Mujuru at her Munhumutapa Offices.

 

First to meet Vice President Mujuru was Algerian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Lazhar Soualem, who is resident in Harare although his ambassadorial duties also cover Zambia.

 

Speaking after meeting the Vice President, Ambassador Soulem said top on the agenda was how Zimbabwe and Algeria can speedily implement the Bilateral Agreement which was signed last year in August.

 

He said to kickstart the implementation of the agreement, the Algerian government is offering scholarships to 64 Zimbabwean youths to attend university education in his country.

 

New Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Dr Anders Liden who has been in the country for six weeks, also paid a courtesy call on Vice President Mujuru.

 

Dr Liden expressed hope that Zimbabwe and Sweden will have better relations.

Asked if he is to champion the removal of sanctions in Zimbabwe considering that Sweden is part of the European Union, Dr Liden said though he is still new in the country, efforts will be made towards such a cause.  
 
Sweden is part of the European Union which slapped illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe after the country embarked on a land reform programme to empower marginalised indigenous people.

 

The EU has since been shifting goal posts on the re-engagement process and issue of lifting sanctions.