ZIMBABWE'S re-engagement efforts continue to bear fruit with the country now on course to rejoin the Commonwealth. The country is already in the second stage of the application process.
In May 2018, President Mnangagwa wrote to the Commonwealth secretary-general Mrs Patricia Scotland expressing Zimbabwe's willingness to return to the group after nearly two decades of estrangement.
The Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries with 2,4 billion people, then initiated a four-step process to assess Zimbabwe's suitability to regain its membership.
Member countries include both advanced economies and developing countries. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade spokesperson Mrs Constance Chemwayi confirmed that Zimbabwe was still in the second stage of the application process where the secretary-general would consult member states on the way forward.
"Commonwealth decisions are based on consensus and by that nature, every member is entitled to a say on the case of Zimbabwe.
"The laid down procedures that govern readmission into the Commonwealth, which include an informal assessment followed by the consultation process, were undertaken by the secretary-general in June 2018 and July 2019.
"Following the second assessment mission in 2019, Zimbabwe's application is currently in the consultation stage," said Mrs Chemwayi.
Zimbabwe, she said, still maintained focus on mending relations. The country's diplomatic priority remained re-engagement and the unconditional and complete removal of illegal sanctions imposed on the country.