EU envoy presents credentials

HARARE - The European Union (EU)’s new ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen presented his credentials to President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday.

Speaking after the occasion, Olkkonen said he was honoured and excited to start his tour of duty as the EU’s head of delegation to Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe stands at a crucial juncture and I’m looking forward for the country to take back its rightful place in the region, in Africa and in the world,” the envoy said.

“The EU has provided significant support to Zimbabwe since independence and will continue to do so as we develop our political, economic and trade relations. The EU stands ready to assist and accompany Zimbabwe as the country moves forward to implement much needed political and economic reforms.”

Olkkonen is no stranger to this region: from 2014 to 2018, he served as ambassador of Finland to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, based in Lusaka; and from 2001 to 2005 he held the position of Second Secretary at the Finnish Embassy in Kenya.

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