Mnangagwa to Ambassadors: “Diplomacy Is Serious Business”

Mnangagwa's Clarion Call: Elevating Zimbabwe's Diplomatic Engagement

by Oluwatosin Alabi

In a definitive speech, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mandated Zimbabwe’s diplomats to actively promote and defend the nation’s policies while working towards the ambitious Vision 2030. The directive was given with a view to enhancing Zimbabwe’s stature on the international stage.

During an assembly with ambassadors, consuls generals, and mission heads, the President underscored the importance of strengthening diplomatic ties. “Your mission is to elevate our global standing through strong bilateral and multilateral relationships,” Mnangagwa insisted.

Mnangagwa implored the diplomats to be diligent, contributing significantly to the nation’s GDP growth. He emphasized the need for tangible results, stating, “The fruits of your labor should reflect positively on the quality of life for our citizens.”

The President warned against complacency, reminding diplomats that their roles are crucial and leisurely attitudes have no place in their mission. “Diplomatic stations demand commitment; it’s vital to produce traceable results,” he added.

Mnangagwa called for a robust defense of Zimbabwean policies, urging envoys to narrate the true Zimbabwean story — one of democracy, respect for heritage, and clear vision for the future. “Advocate for our interests with pride and stand firm against sanctions,” he asserted.

In conclusion, Mnangagwa reiterated the core of Zimbabwe’s foreign policy: enhancing economic diplomacy to improve the nation’s appeal, increasing visibility, and mobilizing resources and capacity.

The President’s speech delineates a strategic framework aimed at positioning Zimbabwe as a proactive, respected player on the world stage, ready to engage in mutual growth and cooperation.

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