AMBASSADOR Harry K Thomas Jnr Wednesday said the just ended US elections will not result in any changes in his country’s policies towards Zimbabwe and urged the government to hold free and fair elections in 2018.
Thomas was speaking soon after Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, was declared the winner of the 2016 polls after beating rival Hillary Clinton.
“America would like to see democracy prevail in Zimbabwe and the will of the people must always be respected.
“Zimbabwe will remain on the top of human rights support and we urge free and fair elections in 2018,” said Ambassador Thomas.
He said Washington will continue with its HIV and AIDS and food donation projects.
During the poll campaign, Trump castigated African leaders who cheat on elections and threatened to get tough with dictators.
Trump’s win on Wednesday triggered fears around the world that he might turn out to be a rogue leader bent on antagonising other nations.
But speaking at a breakfast meeting held in Harare, Thomas said US programmes on human rights, scholarships and democracy would remain in place.
US Public Affairs officer David J. McGuire told New Zimbabwe that there is no need for Zimbabweans to panic although it was too early to determine what Trump’s government had in store.
“It is too early to tell how the foreign policy of America towards Zimbabwe would go because the new government will determine what will happen as the foreign policy is subject to approval by the Senate. We have to wait and see how the economic policy in Zimbabwe will be handled,” McGuire said.
In his victory speech, Trump also surprised many when he urged unity and calm, promising a non-confrontational approach to international politics.
In 2001, the US passed the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA) to oppose and vote against any extension by the financial institutions of any loan, credit, or guarantee to the Government of Zimbabwe; and any cancellation or reduction of indebtedness owed by the Government of Zimbabwe to the United States or any international financial institution.
Since then, President Robert Mugabe has blamed the country’s problems on the US sanctions.
Title: US says policy on Zim stays, urges fair 2018 polls
Author: New Zimbabwe
Source: New Zimbabwe