China urges West to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe

February 12th, 2011 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Harare, Feb 12(ANI): Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has called on Western countries to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

Addressing the media after meeting Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Jiechi said that Zimbabweans and other African people have a right to choose their own development path.

“We believe there should be the lifting of sanctions by certain countries. We think that is the voice of the Zimbabwean people and that is also the view of all the parties concerned here in Zimbabwe,” Xinhua news agency quoted Jiechi, as saying.

“We believe all nations should respect each others sovereignty and territorial integrity. China believes that Africans have the right to choose their own way of development as they are the masters of the African continent. All others are just guests,” he added.

The Foreign Minister further said that China appreciates assistance from Africa, and would also continue to reciprocate the support. (ANI)

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