25 Jul 2012

Key says Zimbabwe's PM made compelling case on sanctions

7:52 pm on 25 July 2012

Prime Minister John Key says his Zimbabwean counterpart has made a compelling case for suspending sanctions against Zimbabwe.

Morgan Tsvangirai met with Mr Key on Wednesday to make his case for countries to lift financial and other sanctions that were imposed a decade ago.

Dr Tsvangirai told Mr Key about progress in Zimbabwe, where he has a power-sharing relationship with President Robert Mugabe.

Dr Tsvangirai says it makes sense to suspend the sanctions pending free and fair elections, which he anticipates will happen within the next year.

Mr Key says New Zealand could help with the elections and will be seeking advice on whether New Zealand will lift or suspend the sanctions.

New Zealand imposed bilateral sanctions on Zimbabwe 10 years ago, in protest against the human rights abuses under the reign of the President, Robert Mugabe.