The US government will this year begin the construction of a new Embassy compound in Harare valued at $199 million. The new Embassy will be located on a 16.5-acre site in the Bluff Hill area. The complex will include an office building and associated support facilities. US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, revealed this information in Harare. He told delegates at an embassy function that the decision was a sign of US government’s commitment to improve relations between the two countries. The US-Zimbabwe relationship has been strained for years, and President Robert Mugabe often turns the rhetoric up against what he says are “imperialists”. Earlier this year, the US extended sanctions targeted at “certain members of the Zimbabwean government and other persons” whose actions and policies “undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions.”
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