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Southern Africa Leaders Call for End to Zimbabwe Sanctions

  • Nations to collectively voice disapproval of sanctions Oct. 25
  • Zimbabwe remains subject to U.S. sanctions even after Mugabe
Demonstrators sit and sing protest songs after police cordoned off the street in Harare, on Aug. 16.

Demonstrators sit and sing protest songs after police cordoned off the street in Harare, on Aug. 16.

Photographer: Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images

Southern Africa leaders called for the removal of sanctions against Zimbabwe, where more than 120 people were arrested last week in protests sparked by an economic crisis.

Southern African Development Community nations will collectively voice their disapproval of the sanctions on Oct. 25, and ask the international community to support an economic recovery in Zimbabwe, the SADC said in a statement after a meeting in the Tanzanian commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa were among heads of state that joined Tanzania’s leader, John Magufuli, for the summit.