Harare – Zimbabwe is to receive special envoys from United States President Donald Trump, in the coming weeks as the southern African country slowly sheds its pariah status.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has, after taking over former leader Robert Mugabe, been on a re-engagement drive with the European Union and the West, long regarded as the country’s enemies by Mugabe.
“Zim should expect high level visits by US govt. American businesses are opening shop in Zim,” reads a tweet from the U.S Embassy Harare.
The visit follows a meeting Mnangagwa had with former U.S Assistant State Secretary, Ambassador John Dimitri Negroponte in Davos, Switzerland last week.
Negroponte served in the Bush administration as US ambassador to the United Nations from 200 to 2004, was also ambassador to Iraq at the time of the 2004 handover of sovereignty and was named first ever U.S Director of the National Intelligence in 2005, before being appointed U.S Deputy Secretary of State.
Negroponte after the meeting said the U.S must engage with Zimbabwe for improved cooperation.
Mnangagwa is also set to host an envoy from British Prime Minister, Theresa May, the second since taking over from Mugabe in a sign of thawing relations with the country’s former colonizer.
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov has also confirmed a scheduled high profile visit to the country to cement bilateral relations between Moscow and Harare.
Mnangagwa has said Zimbabwe is open for business, adding the country cries out for investment to catch up with the rest of the world after years of isolation under Mugabe’s rule.