ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT IN MALABO FOR AFRICA-ARAB SUMMIT

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the 4th Africa-Arab summit beginning here Tuesday.

The summit of Heads of State and Government will discuss a wide range of issues including reviewing spheres of Afro-Arab cooperation, relations between the two sides and coordination in regional and international forums on issues of mutual concern.

The meeting will also follow up on implementation of resolutions made in the previous summit held in Kuwait in 2013 while also building foundations of respect, trust and common interest. It will also focus on finding common grounds on economic and sustainable development co-operation.

President Mugabe will join several Heads of State including Sudan's Omar Al Bashir and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabient Ministers, and non-governmental organizations from the Middle East and Africa. At least 4,000 delegates are expected to attend the two-day summit.

The previous summit adopted a new partnership strategy and a joint plan of action and issued the Kuwait Declaration which voiced out a collective desire to promote cooperation in the political, economic, social and cultural fields between Arab and African nations.

Zimbabwe enjoys cordial relations with the Arab world having co-operated with countries such as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in various sectors, including mining and agriculture.

Last week, the Zimbabwe government announced that it was negotiating with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development for funding amounting to 35.7 million US dollars to implement an intensive citrus irrigation project in Beitbridge in Matabeleland South province.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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