Emmerson Mnangagwa, president of Zimbabwe, was denied permission to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of England in a letter by King Charles III.
Anaedoonline.ng discovered that King Charles III, the late Queen’s son, disagreed with the African president’s request due to an alleged infringement of human rights in his nation.
Despite not being on the list of world leaders invited to the celebration at Buckingham Palace, Mnangagwa reportedly asked the king in a condolence letter to respect the Queen’s funeral.
King Charles, however, stated in a statement via the Senior Correspondence Officer’s deputy, Miss Jennie Vine, that the request from the president of Zimbabwe could not be granted.
The said statement read, “His Majesty King Charles III, has asked me to inform you that President Mnangagwa’s request cannot be granted as it would go against the restrictions, including those of travel that the United Kingdom has in place with regards to many of the Zimbabwean governmental leadership and those connected to them. There is also concern at the confirmed reports of non-adherence to respecting human rights occurring in Zimbabwe.
“As you stated in your additional letter, other world leaders, including those from Africa, have been invited and we note your concern that President Mnangagwa has not been invited and for good international relations you feel he should be, however, the restrictions still apply.”
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