Friday, November 20, 2009

(TALKZIMBABWE) Tsvangirai to meet AU chair Gaddafi

Tsvangirai to meet AU chair Gaddafi
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:19:00 +0000

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai left Thursday for North Africa, where analysts said he would meet Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to discuss the progress of the inclusive Government he formed in February this year with President Robert Mugabe.

The PM is scheduled to go to Morocco for diplomatic engagements and would also meet Col. Gaddafi, chairman of the African Union (AU), during his five-day trip to North Africa.

"The AU is one of the guarantors of the GPA (Global Political Agreement) so I am taking advantage of being in that region to brief the chairman of the AU on the developments in the country, what progress we are making and Sadc's progress in dealing with the outstanding issues," he told journalists.

PM Tsvangirai said Thursday talks between the MDC-T and Zanu PF would continue to try to solve differences and to meet a December 5 deadline set by the 15-nation SADC.

He said he had been invited by Col Gaddafi and was expecting "significant progress" from the MDC-T - Zanu PF talks.

Asked whether the inter-party negotiators would be able to reach an agreement by the deadline set by Sadc, the prime minister said: "The deadlines are not set in stone ... the whole urgency of the matter is to rescue the credibility of the inclusive government."

He added: "I am hoping that by the time I come back there is significant progress."

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