South Africa: Relations with Zimbabwe

South Africa reports on a recent agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe…”to strengthen ties on defence and intelligence, spurning Western government efforts to isolate President Robert Mugabe's government……….These included joint military exercises, peace keeping training, defence management training, staff course visits, communication training, sporting activities and aviation safety.” South Africa considers this pact to be “a load of rubbish! We are blatantly consorting with a bunch of known thugs who have scant respect for democratic values or human rights.”

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