Tsvangirai seeks to reconnect with Europe, US

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday he was trying to "reconnect with the international community" on his first major trip since forming a unity government with rival President Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai made the remarks after meeting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

He was in the Netherlands on the first leg of a trip to seek financial aid for the southern African country whose economic crisis many critics blame on Mugabe.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a unity government in February after an electoral standoff.

Tsvangirai said he did not expect problems at home even if he were to return empty handed.

Zimbabwe must adopt economic, political and social reforms before getting any additional aid from the Netherlands, Dutch Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders told Tsvangirai on Sunday.

The Dutch have promised 14.7 million euros in aid to Zimbabwe, mainly for humanitarian efforts and Koenders told Tsvangirai that the Netherlands would be willing to consider more for human rights issues.

Tsvangirai, who will be in Britain, France, Sweden and Brussels, seat of the 27-nation European Union, is also scheduled to meet U.S. President Barack Obama during a four-day trip to Washington.