#mugabe accused of ‘diplomatic hiccup’ over EU summit snub

via Mugabe accused of ‘diplomatic hiccup’ over EU summit snub | SW Radio Africa  by Alex Bell on Thursday, April 3, 2014 

Robert Mugabe has been accused of making a diplomatic misstep by boycotting this week’s European Union (EU) – Africa summit in Belgium, over the refusal by the EU to grant Grace Mugabe a visa.

The summit, which has seen 30 African and European leaders come together to discuss trade and policy, comes to an end on Thursday.

Mugabe, who refused to join the meeting after Grace was denied a visa to join him, had tried to stimulate an African Union (AU) snub of the summit, but to no avail.

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma also did not attend, although spokespeople for the ANC leader would not link his non-attendance to Mugabe’s boycott threat.

EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Aldo Dell’Ariccia said Mugabe ‘miscalculated’ his influence, saying the move to boycott the summit was a “diplomatic hiccup”.

“This comes as a major diplomatic setback for Zimbabwe. But for us, the process of re-engagement continues and we hope that we are going to have our relations normalized soon,” Dell’Ariccia was quoted by the NewsDay newspaper as saying.

Mugabe and his wife remain targeted with EU restrictive measures, which bar, among other things, European travel. The rules were bent to accommodate Mugabe’s invitation to the Brussels based summit. But the EU did not make the same exceptions for Grace, on the basis that she had no role to play during the meeting.

But the 90 year old ZANU PF leader was left angered by this decision, along with the EU’s failure to invite his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide. Mugabe, through his spokespeople, accused the EU of trying to dictate the makeup of African delegations.



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    Zvichanaka 9 years ago

    who cares about Mugabe

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    All EU and their followers care Mugabe, while no one knows you whether you comment or not; EU will remain hungry if they don’t care Mugabe and other African leaders.

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    roving ambassador. 9 years ago

    Umaari can you nplease leave your village stool for a week and visit France. Its one massive commercial working farm.

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    roving ambassador, you said France, where people used to eat rats and mouse as food, you are telling me the most miser people over the world; if i remain my village, i have everything in hand, food, technical items and so on; you are telling me France where snows were endowed while we were offered resourceful land where you relieved and still have ambition to invade again, but never!!

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    roving ambassador, The farm is that the one you have stolen the clay from Africa, we never try to visit EU unless they come by force in our countries because we are rich in every walk of life and they are poor!! i don’t have idea who called you ambassador.

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      Lol. So all the food aid you receive must be melted by the time you eat it. Pass the salt you’ve had too much.

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      Will I am Tell 8 years ago

      @ umaari

      I hear those farms are no longer productive, and the country requires food aid?

      I delight in the suffering of your people. I love seeing their poverty – and there is little you can do.