Zim does not consider itself USA’s adversary, says Govt spokesperson

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe’s government distances itself from White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien statement which names Zimbabwe among “foreign adversaries” that he says are trying to take advantage of the violence in United States of America.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana said the country has nothing to do with the ongoing protests.

“Zimbabwe does not consider itself America’s adversary. We prefer having friends and allies to having unhelpful adversity with any other nation including the USA,” he said in a tweet. Also, the southern African nation has summoned American ambassador to explain remarks by USA official that Zimbabwe is one of several “foreign adversaries.”

President Donald Trump’s top national security advisor, was appearing in an interview on the ABC news channel, in which he was asked to respond to a tweet by Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the US Senate’s intelligence committee, which pointed to “heavy social media activity” from three adversaries.

“Senator Rubio is right, and I’ve seen a number of tweets from the Chinese today that are taking pleasure and solace in what they are seeing here. I want to tell our foreign adversaries, whether it’s a Zimbabwe or a China, that the difference between us and you is that that officer who killed George Floyd, he’ll be investigated, prosecuted, and he’ll receive a fair trial,” O’brien said.

Violence has erupted in multiple American cities after a white policeman murdered a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis.

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