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The European Union (EU) has renewed sanctions on members of the ruling Zanu PF party and added government’s arms manufacturing company, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI), barely 48 hours after President Emmerson Mnangagwa returned from a high profile summit at the multilateral organisation’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Mnangagwa was in Brussels for the better part of last week, attending a corporative summit between the EU and the African Union.

The state media was in overdrive about the summit, claiming his re-engagement effort was bearing fruit and he was sealing lucrative trade and investment deals.

He was, for instance, praised for having met with with Siemens Healthineers senior vice president Bernt Bieber and chief executive officer (CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) Ari Eipsten.

Their companies, the state media claimed, offered huge investments Zimbabwe’s health sector and diamond mining.

But the EU may have prematurely silenced approbations when it announced the renewal of the embargo, citing continued human rights violations by Harare.

The restrictions include asset freezes of targeted individuals.

Read the original article on New Zimbabwe.