Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa of Zimbabwe Rhodesia was on his way to the United States on Monday (9 July) to seek international recognition for his government.
Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa of Zimbabwe Rhodesia was on his way to the United States on Monday (9 July) to seek international recognition for his government. He was also hoping to persuade the Americans and the British to lift economic sanctions. After talks with U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Premier Muzorewa was due to meet British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London on Thursday (12 July).
SYNOPSIS: A crowd of four thousand turned out at Salisbury airport to give Bishop Muzorewa an enthusiastic send-off. They expressed their support with posters, and were rewarded with a speech during which the Prime Minister remarked that people who still maintained sanctions were 'sick in the head'. Later he said that he was not referring specifically to President Carter but anyone who didn't want to lift sanctions.
Mrs Thatcher has predicted that the British Parliament will remove its sanctions in November. But Bishop Muzorewa's government is still unrecognised by the rest of the world. At a news conference before leaving, the Prime Minister explained what he hoped to achieve in the United States and Britain.