HARARE-- Zimbabwe's President Emerson Mnangagwa has received the credentials of six new ambassadors, who all pledged to ensure stronger ties between their respective countries and Harare while embracing the new political dispensation in Zimbabwe.

Australia's new ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bronte Moules, who was the first to present her credentials to President Mnangagwa at State House Harare on Thursday, said: I am looking forward to this chapter in Australia-Zimbabwe bilateral relations which I hope will be productive and positive with new opportunities."

She said Australia would follow the elections due in Zimbabwe later this year with interest and looked forward to developing its relations with Zimbabwe. Moules added that relations between Australia and Zimbabwe had potential to grow as the two countries had strong historical links.

Belarus Ambassador Alexander Sidoruk said Harare and Minsk already enjoyed good relations as the two were co-operating in agriculture, mining and industrial development. We have a lot of plans, we closely followed the changes in your country and we welcomed them, he said.

Several projects have already started being implemented, several are at the stage of negotiations and they will start soon. So we are ready as a friendly country to assist Zimbabwe in their new development.

The new Hungarian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Andras Laszlo Kiraly, said his country would offer support in higher education and training through providing Zimbabweans with scholarships to study in the central European country.

We believe that this will bring together our people, education is the main strategic field we have identified for developing relations. The other pillar is business development; we would like to bring in business delegations as soon as possible and to receive Zimbabwean business delegations in Hungary.

Gershon Kedar, the new Israeli ambassador to Zimbabwe, said his country was re-establishing diplomatic contact with Zimbabwe after several years. We have not had an ambassador to Zimbabwe for the last couple of years so my job now would be to meet Ministers to discuss areas of priority where Israel and Zimbabwe can co-operate, he said.

The new Central African Republic (CAR) ambassador, Andre Nzapayeke, who is the first ever diplomat to represent his country in Zimbabwe, said he hoped to achieve a lot during his tour of duty.

Ghana's Eric Odoi said he would push for closer economic co-operation between the two countries. Areas of collaboration between Zimbabwe and Ghana are largely going to be in the economic field. We want to build mutual human resource capacity so that we will stop relying on external factors in terms of the needs of our two countries for growth, he said.