ambassador torney brazil.jpgOutgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Raul de Tourney has described the stance by western countries to keep illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe as unnecessary and a display of lack of diplomatic respect.

Ambassador Raul de Tourney who paid a courtesy call to bid farewell to the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe at State House told journalists soon after a closed-door meeting that they discussed issues to do with the bi-lateral relations between Zimbabwe and Brazil.

The outgoing ambassador said he told Cde Mugabe that Brazil strongly supports Zimbabwe’s decision to create its own roadmap for elections without outside interference.

Mr. de Tourney said illegal sanctions imposed by the west on Zimbabwe are offensive to the ordinary people adding that maintaining them only demonstrates lack of diplomacy on the part of western countries.

The outgoing  ambassador said he also briefed Cde Mugabe about Brazil’s preparedness to support  the country under the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO as the South American country is set to take over the leadership the of the international UN specialised unit.

He revealed that with Graziano De Silva of Brazil set to be the FAO Director-General, Zimbabwe stands to benefit under the food programme that is expected to assist over 12 million people in Africa.

The outgoing Ambassador who described the end of his term as sad news, was on a tour of duty in Zimbabwe for the past four years.

Zimbabwe and Brazil have solid relations and in January this year, Vice President Joice Mujuru attended the inauguration of the country’s first female president, Dilma Rouseff.

Both countries are members of international groupings such as the Non Aligned Movement, the group of 77 and the south to south cooperation bloc.

Brazil is also assisting Zimbabwe in various fields including agriculture to ensure total success of the land reform programme.