Thursday, August 26, 2010
PRIME MINISTER Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday met Iranian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Mohammad Pournajaf, four months after boycotting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he visited Zimbabwe accusing him of alleged human rights abuses and dictatorship.
The MDC-T leader met the ambassador in his capacity as Prime Minister in the inclusive Government.
The Prime Minister's party, MDC-T, used derogatory language when announcing it would not meet President Ahmadinejad, who flew in to officially open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.
However, yesterday Mr Tsvangirai wearing his PM's hat - which he was supposed to wear during the ZITF - welcomed President Ahmadinejad's chief envoy to Harare at his Munhumutapa office.
The satire couldn't have been clearer given that an ambassador represents his head of state and government, and Mr Tsvangirai was apparently lost to the irony.
Ambassador Pournajaf said he expressed Iran's commitment to enhance co-operation with Zimbabwe in various sectors of the economy during the meeting.
Speaking to journalists after the exchange, he said Harare and Teheran enjoyed cordial relations and there was need to strengthen diplomatic ties.
"This is not my first meeting with high-level people in Zimbabwe. I have had other meetings, especially with President Mugabe and I have also met the Vice Presidents and today I have come to meet the Prime Minister.
"We exchanged views on co-operation and our mission here is to strengthen and cement relations with Zimbabwe," he said.
Ambassador Pournajaf said PM Tsvangirai told him that the inclusive Government was working smoothly.
"The message that I got from the Prime Minister is that the inclusive Government is a unified Government and that is great," he said.
Meanwhile, Indonesia's Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Eddy Poerwana, reiterated the need for establishing a Joint Permanent Commission bringing together Harare and Jakarta. He said this after meeting the PM in Harare.
The diplomat called for the establishment of a Joint Commission during a meeting with Vice President John Nkomo two weeks ago.
Ambassador Poerwana said his country was waiting for a response from Harare on their request to enhance ties in education and investment. He said Indonesia was following with keen interest developments in Zimbabwe.