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Published: November 5, 2009
Harare(ZimEye)Botswana’s president, Ian Khama is scheduled to meet US president, Barak Obama Thursday in what many analysts say that he will also discuss the thorny issue of Zimbabwe’s fragile government between Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and long time ruler, Robert Mugabe.
The Mmegi of Gaborone reported Wednesday that Khama will meet Obama on Thursday on his trip to Washington. While a number of online publications Wednesday reported that Zimbabwe is one of the main issues Botswana’s leader will discuss with Obama, Botswana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Phandu Skelemani, on Wednesday could not disclose what is on the agenda for the meeting of the two leaders.
“The meeting has no agenda as such. The two presidents will meet and we will put forward the challenges facing our country that we think Americans could help us address,” Skelemani said.
The government of Botswana issued a statement last week condemning what is happening in Zimbabwe’s unity government. Mugabe and Tsvangirai have disagreed on the allocation of positions in government. This has led to Tsvangirai pulling out MDC from the unity government, further dampening hopes that the country will be back on its feet in the near future.
Meanwhile, Khama will miss a SADC meeting to discuss Zimbabwe for the second year running. At almost the same time last year, did not attend an extraordinary SADC Summit on Zimbabwe held in South Africa.
The Botswana leader, although being a positive supporter of Zimbabwe’s opposition party, has yet been criticised by many in Botswana on the controversial manner in which he has in the past 12 months arbitrarily deported three people, two Zimbabweans and an Indian, one of them who was a Zimbabwean church pastor, deported allegedly for accommodating Botswana opposition members in his church. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)