U.S. sanctions on Zimbabwe to stay


The United States is reviewing its sanctions on Zimbabwe but has not yet decided to follow the European Union in easing an assets freeze and travel visa ban, a top official said Monday.

Washington congratulated the Harare government for holding a “peaceful and credible constitutional referendum” earlier this month, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

However, the United States is still waiting to see if it can “serve as a precedent for upcoming presidential elections.”

The European Union on Monday lifted sanctions against 81 people and eight entities in Zimbabwe following the March referendum.

However, President Robert Mugabe and a handful of others remained on the EU blacklist, a European diplomat confirmed.

The United States began imposing targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2001, which include financial sanctions and travel bans on a list of firms and individuals, including Mugabe.