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Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko has conveyed a congratulatory message to President Mugabe on Zimbabwe’s 34th Independence anniversary, which was last Friday.

This came as the United States sent its backhanded congratulations which came with a tightening of its ruinous economic sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom weighed in with a congratulatory statement that also skirted mentioning Government, even though the same Zimbabweans they purported to congratulate exercised their democratic right to give President Mugabe and Zanu-PF another mandate to lead the country for another five years in 2013.

But Belarus, which has stood by Zimbabwe over the years, expressed its hope that the two countries would explore areas of co-operation.

“I am convinced that joint efforts will help us use a considerable Belarus-Zimbabwe co-operation potential in the best interests of the two nations,” president Lukashenko’s message read.

There have been several high-level exchanges between the two countries in recent times as they seek to bolster mutually beneficial economic ties.

Source : The Herald