The European Union decided on 17 February several days before President Mugabe’s 93rd birthday to continue the travel ban on him and his wife, Grace and freeze any assets held in member states by them. There is also a ban on EU members trading arms with Zimbabwe. This was partially eased to allow EU members to supply explosives for use in mining and infrastructure. The measures were put in place by the EU due to concern about the human rights situation in the country.
Mugabe, the world’s oldest non-royal serving head of State, has slammed the EU and the United States for imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe’s faltering economy.
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