King Mswati III of Swaziland Visits Zimbabwe

  June 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland is currently on a visit to Zimbabwe in an effort to strengthen relations between the two African nations. The king, along with his wife and Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, toured a farm that is the site of a new silo project, according to a report in Zimbabwean newspaper, The Herald.

President Mugabe praised the king’s visit, saying that it was “rare and historic”, while also mentioning that it was wonderful that the king could, “associate with ordinary people”. This is the first time that a royal has visited a farm in Zimbabwe, according to the president.

The two leaders have vowed to support each other, and have promised to work together in the future to benefit their nations.

In other news related to the visit by the Swazi king, ZBC news is reporting that King Mswati is urging the removal of the sanctions placed on Zimbabwe by the west. The king stated that he is urging the member states of the COMESA (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), of which Zimbabwe is a member, to support Swaziland’s position on the removal of the sanctions on Zimbabwe. President Mugabe hopes that the lifting of the sanctions will boost tourism to Zimbabwe and encourage economic growth.

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