Belarus president’s visit cements ties with Zimbabwe

Online Desk |  1 month ago | top

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in the country yesterday for a historic three-day state visit where several deals in key sectors of agriculture, mining, infrastructural development, science, and innovation are expected to be consummated.

President Lukashenko arrived at the Harare International Airport yesterday afternoon and was welcomed by President Mnangagwa, Cabinet ministers, diplomats, and hordes of jubilant Zanu PF supporters who celebrated the fruits of the country’s engagement and re-engagement agenda. Belarus's President arrived in Zimbabwe yesterday.

The visit by President Lukashenko is the first of its kind to Sub-Saharan Africa and signifies Zimbabwe’s growing global influence and the success of President Mnangagwa’s policy of “a friend to all and an enemy to none,” as well as the Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra. The visiting president was welcomed with a 21-gun salute, a guard of honor, which he inspected, and the national anthems of the two nations, on a sunny day, with traditional dances and songs also in the offing.

After the rousing welcome, the two presidents departed the airport in the same car, and later had a private dinner. Today, the two leaders will have a tete-a-tete at State House and then another one thereafter with their delegations, where several deals will be signed.