VP Chiwenga meets India president

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa last week dispatched one of his deputies to Delhi with a special message to Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind.

Speaking after last Friday’s meeting, the Indian leader said he was happy to receive vice president General Constantino Chiwenga as Mnangagwa’s special envoy.

Kovind also welcomed the new Zimbabwean administration’s bid to make the country’s economy investor-friendly.

“India and Zimbabwe enjoy warm and special ties,” he said.

“With the change in the regime of Zimbabwe, India desires to continue the friendly relations and further intensify its engagement at all fronts.

“India is appreciative of Zimbabwe’s recent endeavours. It will be happy to be part of Zimbabwe’s effort to reengage with the international community.”

Kovind said India’s approach to partnership with Africa is consultative and participatory.

“It is driven by the aim of empowerment, capacity building, human resource development, access to Indian market and support for Indian investments in Africa.”

Kovind stressed that India-Zimbabwe bilateral trade of US $170 million was way below potential.

He said both the countries need to work together to strengthen trade and economic relations.