London welcome for Zimbabwe Prime Minister

LONDON – The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe is to visit Southwark’s Anglican Cathedral later this month. The Dean and Chapter of Southwark have extended a welcome to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe.

On Saturday 20 June at 1pm, following prayers for the people of Zimbabwe led by the Dean, the Very Reverend Colin Slee, Mr Tsvangirai will address Zimbabweans and their friends in Southwark Cathedral.

The Diocese of Southwark is closely linked to four of the Anglican Church’s Dioceses in Zimbabwe; it is therefore a natural and appropriate venue for Mr Tsvangirai to use. Mr Tsvangirai is visiting several governments to build relationships that may be helpful to the recovery of Zimbabwe.

Tsvangirai said after a speech in Washington that his country’s relations with Britain are sometimes acrimonious because of historical and cultural ties. But he added with a laugh that he would still go visit Brown despite his present circumstances.
The comment drew laughter at the Council on Foreign Relations, where Tsvangirai was speaking during a three-week tour of the West.

Brown is fighting off calls for his resignation amid dismal public approval ratings, a major political scandal, mass resignations from his cabinet and disappointing results in European Parliament and local assembly elections last week.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai urged the United States on Wednesday to support his government despite abuses by his coalition partner, President Robert Mugabe.