2023 ELECTIONS: UN Secretary-General António Guterres writes to President Mnangagwa

Antonio Guterres [File: Cristina Quicler/AFP]

United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, has extended his congratulations to President Emmerson Mnangagwa for his victory in the recent presidential election in Zimbabwe.

In a letter addressed to President Mnangagwa, Mr. Guterres expressed his appreciation for the government’s efforts to promote women’s participation in national governance. The UN Secretary-General also pledged to work closely with the Zimbabwean government to accelerate development, ensure inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and advance gender equality.

In his congratulatory letter, Mr. Guterres commended President Mnangagwa on his re-election as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. He expressed his anticipation for continued cooperation between Zimbabwe and the United Nations in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Co-operation Framework 2022-2026. The framework aims to foster development, inclusive economic growth, gender equality, human rights, and climate action in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Guterres took the opportunity to acknowledge Zimbabwe’s efforts in enhancing the political participation of women. He encouraged President Mnangagwa to promote gender parity in Cabinet and senior appointments, emphasizing the importance of women’s inclusion and empowerment in national governance.

International Leaders Extend Congratulations

Joining a chorus of international leaders, Mr. Guterres became the latest to congratulate President Mnangagwa on his electoral victory. Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Namibian leader Hage Geingob, Botswana President Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique, and Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko were among those who sent congratulatory messages to President Mnangagwa and the ruling party, ZANU PF.

These messages of congratulations from world leaders signify their commitment to fostering positive bilateral relationships and cooperation with Zimbabwe. They express hopes for continued collaboration in areas such as economic development, security, stability, and regional integration. The international community’s recognition of President Mnangagwa’s re-election underscores the importance of constructive engagement and partnerships in advancing Zimbabwe’s progress.

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