Ah yes, this must somehow be America's fault right?
(Original post by Thirucumaran)
At the same time, Egypt is also dismayed by the stance of the US on this issue.
Does Egypt honestly think we are alone in our opposition to the Mugabe regime?
Egypt suggests that the US could have sat down with Mr. Mugabe and talked over the situation rather than impose all sorts of restrictions on the Zimbabwean economy.
Have talks? In 2005, our ambassador, Chris Dell said that government corruption was one of the factors in the decline of conditions in Zimbabwe. This is common knowledge. In response, Dell was summoned to a personal meeting with Mugabe, who accused Dell of attempting to incite a revolt, told him to "go to hell" and threatened to expell him from the country. Perhaps if Mugabe starts acknowledging facts and stops acting like a spoiled teenager talks can be considered.
"All sorts of restrictions on the Zimbabwean economy"?! It is quite clear the Egyptian rep has no idea what sanctions are in place. As I said earlier, we have only have sanctions against members of the Mugabe regime and some of their personal businesses. We have NO trade or investment sanctions. If you want to talk about "sanctions all over the economy", I suggest you take a look at the EU's stance.
Egypt, therefore, urges the US to at least consider having talks with Mr. Mugabe and try to arrest the declining trend in Zimbabwe.
We are attempting to arrest the decline of Zimbabwe- in the past 5 years alone we have given over 400 million dollars worth of humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe, and 700,000 tons of food. We cannot, however, change the destructive and dangerous policies of the Mugabe regime.