france_flag.jpgFrance has confirmed that it was dragged into imposing illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe by the European Union, despite having no bilateral dispute with the country.


France Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Francios Ponge who paid a courtesy call on Vice President, Cde Joice Mujuru at her Munhumutapa offices in Harare, failed to justify the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe saying the French only conformed to the European Union’s policies.

“We stand guided by the European Union foreign policy…. sanctions were imposed by the European Union and we stand guided by its decision,” said Mr. Ponge.

The EU imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 after Britain internationalised her bilateral dispute with Zimbabwe over land.

The US was the first to impose illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2001.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Xin Shun Kang also briefed Cde Mujuru on the forthcoming visit of Chinese Vice Premier, Mr. Wang Qishan and hinted that Zimbabwe could get a financial package from China.

“I brief Cde Mujuru on the forthcoming visit of our Vice Premier to Zimbabwe and we hope a financial package deal will be sealed,” Mr. Kang said.

Zimbabwe and China enjoy strong bilateral relations and the Asian economic giant which is a permanent member of the UN Security Council has always stood by the country and used its veto power alongside Russia to block the imposition of sanctions on the country by the United Nations Security Council in 2008.