10-08-17 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

Britain is open for talks with Zimbabwe

Mugabe claims

  • Sir Nicholas, who represents Mid Sussex, met with the 93-year-old dictator for 45 minutes on Wednesday evening 
  • In 1979, Sir Nicholas’ father Lord Soames was named transitional governor of Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe 
  • Sir Nicholas, who said the meeting was not political but personal, added: ‘It was an extraordinary meeting.’ 

Robert Mugabe has claimed Britain is open for talks with his regime after a meeting with Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames.

Sir Nicholas, who represents Mid Sussex, met with the 93-year-old dictator for 45 minutes on Wednesday evening.

In 1979, Sir Nicholas’ father Lord Soames was named transitional governor of Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, to oversee its progress into legal independence.

Robert Mugabe has claimed Britain is open for talks with his regime after a meeting with Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames (pictured together on Wednesday)

‘We can talk to Britain. All along we thought the British did not want dialogue. This latest visit shows they do,’ the president said, according to The Telegraph.

Sir Nicholas, who said the meeting was not political but personal, added: ‘It was an extraordinary meeting.’

But the tête-à-tête has already caused outrage from the Zimbabwean opposition.

Obert Gutu, a spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said: ‘It appears the British are really more concerned about securing their interests in Zimbabwe.’

Robert Mugabe has ruled the African nation for 36 years during an era marked by vote-rigging, mass emigration, accusations of human rights abuses and economic decline.

Zimbabwe has also since suffered a series of food crises and hyper-inflation since Mugabe’s land reforms when farms were seized from white farmers for redistribution.

Critics blame Mugabe for many of the problems facing the country.

They say his policies drove one of Africa’s most promising economies into nearly a decade of deep recession until 2008 that cut its output almost in half.

Lord Soames, a son-in-law of Sir Winston Churchill, was knighted in 1973 and made a life peer in 1978.

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