China has congragulated President Emmerson Mnangagwa on his inauguration as the second Executive President of Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, with the country’s President Xi Jinping sending his good wishes yesterday.
The Asian economic giant’s leader joined Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma who have also congratulated the new Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
Other leaders from the Sadc region attended the inauguration of President Mnangagwa on Friday and offered their congragulations in person.
President Jinping, who leads the world’s second-largest economy after the United States, said he was confident that President Mnangagwa would “make new headway” in the country’s development endeavours.
“On the occasion of your taking office as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I wish to extend to you, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in my own name, our since congratulations and best wishes,” he said in a statement.
“I am confident that under your leadership, the government and people of Zimbabwe will continue to make new headway in its development endeavours.”
President Jinping said relations between Zimbabwe and China withstood both the change of time and changes in the international situation.
“China and Zimbabwe are good friends, good partners and good brothers,” he said. “Our relations have withstood the test of time, as well as changes in international situation.
“China values its traditional friendship with Zimbabwe. I attach great importance to China relations with Zimbabwe and will work together with you to move forward our bilateral relations and cooperation in all fields to the greater benefit of our two countries and peoples. I wish you every success in fulfilling your lofty responsibilities.
“May Zimbabwe enjoy prosperity and its people happiness and well-being.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his congratulatory message last week.
“The Russian-Zimbabwean relations are traditionally friendly,” he said. “I am confident that they will further develop in all spheres for the benefit of our peoples and nations, in the interests of strengthening peace, security and stability on the African continent.
“I wish you good health and success in your highly responsible activity as the Head of State.”
South African President Jacob Zuma, who leads the biggest economy on the continent, also sent his goodwill message to President Mnangagwa last week.
“We congratulate President Mnangagwa on his inauguration and wish him well as he steers the country through this transition period,” he said. “We wish to emphasise the need for the maintenance of peace and stability in the country, which I discussed with President Mnangagwa earlier this week (last week) before he headed back to Harare.”
On Friday, the Sadc Secretariat also weighed in and congratulated President Mnangagwa for his inauguration as Head of State and Government and paid tribute to Harare over the peaceful way that power was transferred from former President Robert Mugabe, to the incumbent.