Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has expressed his admiration of President Mugabe’s grasp of politics and history. This was revealed by Mr Kuzuyuki Nakane, Japan’s Parliament Vice Foreign Minister when he paid a courtesy call on President Mugabe at State House to officially invite him to a State Visit to the Asian country in October.
“We came here to officially hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation to His Excellency President Mugabe to visit Japan because Prime Minister Abe is very impressed by His Excellency’s wealth of knowledge about politics and deep insight about history,” Mr Nakane said speaking through an interpreter.
Sources who attended the meeting said Mr Abe had been impressed by President Mugabe’s Statesmanship and the manner he managed Africa’s issues as the AU Chairman. Mr Nakane added that Japan was also seeking President Mugabe’s support for the success of the Tokyo International Conference on African development (TICAD) to be held in Kenya next year.
“We discussed about bilateral cooperation and the TICAD that will be held for the first time in Africa next year and also called for the President’s support for the success of the TICAD meeting,” he added. Mr Nakane said they also discussed the United Nations reforms with the President in his capacity as the AU chairman adding they wanted to find common ground with Africa on the subject.
Mr Nakane also invited President Mugabe to attend the Japan-Africa Roundtable discussion on development cooperation that will be held on September 26 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Heads of regional economic communities on the continent will take part in the meeting. The invitation comes after Zimbabwe also penned mega deals worth billions of dollars with another Asian economic giant, China and Russia.