September 30, 2022

India, Zimbabwe discuss issues of mutual interest, reiterate to further bilateral ties

New Delhi, Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan held a virtual meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe Dr. Frederick Shava on June 28 and discussed a diverse range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of interest to both sides.

Matters related to trade and investment and ways to strengthen these were also discussed.

The two Ministers recalled the historical ties between both the countries and reiterated their commitment to further strengthen the bilateral relationship.

India and Zimbabwe have a long history of close and cordial relations. During the era of the Munhumutapa Kingdom, Indian merchants established strong links with Zimbabwe, trading in textiles, minerals and metals. India supported Zimbabwe’s freedom struggle. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi attended Zimbabwean independence celebrations in 1980.

There were frequent exchanges of high-level visits in the past, bilateral or to attend Summits such as NAM, CHOGM and G-15. Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe met twice in the year 2003 on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and Non-alligned Movement (NAM) Summit. Mugabe attended Third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) held Delhi in 2015.

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