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President Nguema in Zimbabwe

NGUEMA IN ZIMBABWE
Harare January 9, 2012 (New Ziana) –Equatorial Guinea President Theodoro Obiang Nguema said on Monday his country and Zimbabwe are exploring ways of strengthening the existing deep rooted bilateral relation.
Speaking soon after a lengthy meeting with President Robert Mugabe at State House, President Nguema who was on his way from the African National Congress Centenary celebrations in South Africa, said the two countries would be establishing links to strengthen co-operation in different economic sectors.
“We look forward to benefit from the outcomes of our meeting,” he said.
The two leaders met for more than five hours and had dinner together.
President Nguema, who is the current Chairperson of the African Union, said his visit was part of his duty to consult other leaders on issues affecting the continent.
An AU summit is penciled to take place from January 21 to 28 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
President Nguema said the capture by Harare in 2004 of mercenaries who were on their way to topple his government had cemented relations between the two countries.
Zimbabwean security agents in March 2004 intercepted a Boeing 727-100 with 64 mercenaries on board when it landed at the Harare International Airport to collect firearms from the Zimbabwe Defense Industries for use in staging a coup in Equatorial Guinea.
In Malabo, the island capital of the Equatorial Guinea, South African Nick du Toit, once a member the now defunct Executive Outcomes company that specialized in mercenary activity, confessed that he was part of an advance party planned to abduct President Nguema.
The leader of the group, Simon Mann, had allegedly been promised cash payment of one million British pounds and oil mining rights in the Malabo Islands.
Equatorial Guinea is rich in oil.

The country's exiled rebel leader Severo Moto who is currently resident in Spain, Madrid, hired them to do the job in which Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret was implicated.
Thacher, From Zimbabwe the plane was expected to fly straight to Malabo, landing in the early hours and joined by the advance party.
After the mission, the mercenaries were to fly to the DRC where the arms and ammunition bought from Zimbabwe were to be handed over to Katangese rebels.

In 2009 President Nguema pardoned Mann for his role in the botched coup, saving him from serving the 34-year jail term which he had been slapped with.
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Zim to become third largest diamond producer

ZIM POISED TO BECOME THIRD LARGEST DIAMOND PRODUCER
Harare December 24, 2011 (New Ziana) -Zimbabwe is poised to become the world’s third largest diamond producer by the end of this decade as production continues to soar, an international expert report has said.
The country which is currently the seventh largest producer in the world has potential to supply 25 percent of global demand.
Currently the country has got four diamond mining firms operating in the Chiadzwa fields namely Marange Resources, Mbada Diamonds, Anjin and Diamond Mining Corporation.
The Kimberly Process Certification System recently rated Anjin was recently certified as the biggest diamond mining firm in the world.
Western countries led by the United States have been battling to block Zimbabwe from selling its diamonds in order to sustain effects of illegal economic sanctions that they imposed on the country in retribution for expropriating land from former white commercial farmers.
The country stands to earn more than US$2 billion per year from the three Marange mines that have been permitted to sell so far.
According to the Diamond Industry Report for 2011 the country’s diamond output would continue to grow.
“In the last three years, Zimbabwe has become a significant diamond producer and is forecast to become a top three producer by the end of this decade,” the report said.
“With the changing environment in Zimbabwe, the international community is slowly beginning to accept Zimbabwe back into the fold. Diamonds from Zimbabwe which had been excluded from the markets in the last two years are slowly making a comeback.”
The report said despite efforts to stop Zimbabwe from marketing her gems production continued to grow.
“Exclusion from the international diamond markets has not deterred Zimbabwe from producing diamonds and production has been increasing exponentially after formalization of diamond mining in the Marange area,” said the report.
Currently Botswana is the top diamond producing nation in the world by value followed by Russia and Canada.
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