president mugabe arrives from tripoli.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe says it remains to be seen whether Europe is sincere this time around in their engagement with Africa.

 

 

President Mugabe was speaking to journalists at the Harare International Airport on Wednesday morning when he arrived back home from Tripoli, Libya were he attended the 3rd Africa-Europe Summit.

 

He said several African and European leaders did not attend the summit, among them Sudanese leader, President Omar Al-Bashir, whose presence was not accepted by the European partners.

 

President Mugabe said he is of the view that President Al-Bashir should have attended the summit, adding that he himself was accepted by the European partners this time around.

 

He said a lot of issues discussed should centre on genuine partnership between the two continents as one carries the baggage of a former coloniser, the other as the colonised.

 

In his contribution at the summit, President Mugabe said the issue of democracy, good governance, rule of law and human rights must not be touted in order to effect regime change in weaker states.

 

President Mugabe said there are no Africans who go and observe elections in Europe, but it appears that it is a right for Europe to come and observe elections in Africa and added that Africans regret that.

 

He was met at the airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru, the Minister of Defense, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development, Cde Nicholas Goche, service chiefs and several government officials.