Dutch tell Tsvangirai more aid depends on reforms

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he is not touring Western nations with a begging bowl but hoping to re-engage with the rest of the world after years of isolation for his impoverished nation.

Zimbabwe must adopt economic, political and social reforms before getting any additional aid from the Netherlands, the Dutch government told Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai during his visit here on Sunday. 

Tsvangirai says he hopes to launch a new round of talks with the European Union at the end of his trip to discuss future aid.

On his first stop Sunday in the Netherlands he met Dutch Development Aid Minister Bert Koenders.

Aides say Tsvangirai next travels to the United States and plans to meet President Barack Obama on Friday.

Koenders says the West still needs to see more progress on reforms targeting human rights, the reining in of security services and the country’s central bank. (AP)