The government says the renewal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by United States of America (USA) President, Donald Trump’s administration is an unnecessary setback to efforts to improve relations between the two countries.

In a statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo said any form of sanctions should not have a place in contemporary diplomatic relations or discourse.

“Sanctions in any form are coercive, harsh and detrimental to any intended objective and should not have a place in contemporary diplomatic relations or discourse. [They] affect the poor and worsen the economic conditions they are intended to correct…..they should be removed as they are inhumane and an unnecessary setback to efforts to improve relations between nations,” he said.

“The government of Zimbabwe reiterates once more that the renewal of sanctions on the country is tantamount to a political agenda setting and contrary to the spirit of re-engagement, the pillar of the otherwise thawing relations between the USA administration under President Trump and the new political dispensation in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa. In maintaining the sanctions, the USA has lost a rare opportunity to demonstrate its goodwill in normalising our relations,” the Minister added.

Minister Moyo also said Zimbabwe is fully determined to restore the country to its former glory in spite of the sanctions induced hurdles.

“The government of Zimbabwe is fully determined to restore the country to its former glory in spite of hurdles that these sanctions put in the path of those efforts. Zimbabwe has set itself a formidable trajectory that will take it to a new destiny of economic prosperity through Vision 2030. The new dispensation and the second republic will not be distracted from pursuing this deliberate political, economic and social agenda from whatever quarters,” the Minister said.

He said political and economic reforms in the country will continue, guided by the paradigms of maximising on national interests and the improvement of the welfare of citizens.