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Zimbabwe mulls shutting down some embassies to cut costs

The move is in line with Emmerson Mnangagwa's maiden speech as president when he pledged to rebuild relations with the international community.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is seen addressing a large crowd at the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria, South  Africa. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe is reportedly considering shutting down some of its 46 embassies around the world in a measure aimed at cutting costs.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the foreign affairs ministry says government is in the process of clearing its debt in respect of salaries, rentals and other running costs for its various embassies as it tries to rebuild its image internationally.

The ministry says the move is in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa's maiden speech as president when he pledged to rebuild relations with the international community.