Zimbabwe Summons US Envoy, Lambasts 'false' George Floyd Claims
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Tue 02nd June 2020 | 08:50 AM
Harare, June 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Jun, 2020 ) :Zimbabwe summoned the US ambassador on Monday over remarks by a senior American official accusing the southern African country of stirring anti-racism protests over the death of George Floyd, the government said.
Zimbabwe's foreign ministry spokesman James Manzou said US ambassador Brian Nichols had been summoned to explain O'Brien's remarks.
Moyo said the statements by Trump's adminstration were damaging.
"I have informed the US ambassador that Mr O'Brien's allegations are false and without factual foundation whatsoever." Zimbabwe-US relations have been tense since Washington imposed sanctions against former president Robert Mugabe and members of his inner circle in 2002 over rights abuses.
Those sanctions were extended in March of this year, with Washington citing current President Emmerson Mnangagwa's failure to implement reforms as well as his violent crackdowns on opposition since he took power in 2017.
Government spokesman Nick Mangwana said Zimbabwe did not consider itself "America's adversary".
A senior Zimbabwean official quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper also denied O'Brien's accusations.
"Anyone who has seen the genesis of recent events, from the tragic death of Mr Floyd to the subsequent protests, will realise that any accusations of Zimbabwean involvement at any stage is farcical," the unnamed official said.