Tony Blair asked me to ‘help invade Zimbabwe’, says Thabo Mbeki ~ David Blair, Chief Foreign Correspondent, The Telegraph.
South Africa’s former president claims that his country was asked to help Britain topple Robert Mugabe
When Zimbabwe began sinking into economic collapse and political repression in 2000, South Africa and Britain held starkly different views over how to respond to the crisis. Mr Mbeki favoured a negotiated settlement; Mr Blair wanted Mr Mugabe to go, by force if necessary.
“The problem was, we were speaking from different positions,” said Mr Mbeki, who served as South Africa’s president from 1999 until 2008. “There were other people saying ‘yes indeed there are political problems…
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