Mnangagwa claims he declined to sign the Queen’s condolence book.

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa claims he declined to travel to the British embassy in Harare to sign the book of condolences following Queen Elizabeth 11’s death earlier this month.

Mnangagwa made the statements while speaking to Zanu PF supporters in the United States, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly, according to The Herald newspaper.

Zimbabwe’s president highlighted sanctions put on the country by the United Kingdom and its western allies. Travel restrictions are among the measures imposed on individuals impacted.

Embassies and consulates are legally regarded the domains of the nations they represent under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

I said Zimbabwe can never walk to the United Kingdom or to the embassy, … I cannot violate the territory of the United Kingdom; at the time we were in Angola

Queen Elizabeth 11 died on September 8 aged 96 after reigning for 70 years, making her the United Kingdom’s longest serving monarch.

Mnangagwa told supporters in New York that he initially refused to go to the British embassy in Harare to sign the book condolences.

“When the Queen (Elizabeth II) passed on recently, I was invited to go and write my condolences at the British Embassy in Harare. So my Foreign Affairs (and International Trade) Minister (Ambassador Frederick Shava) went there and he told me that the Australian and Canadian ambassadors were there waiting for me to come,” he explained.

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“I then sent a message to the Foreign Affairs Minister to come back because I was not going there.

“The reason is, the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on us and we cannot go to the United Kingdom because of sanctions, so I said in terms of international conventions, the Embassy is a territory of the United Kingdom and I didn’t want to breach those sanctions.

Source New Zimbabwe

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