The Herald (Harare)

11 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Israel Eager to Work With Zimbabwe

ISRAELI Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Dan Shaham yesterday said his country was eager to work with Zimbabwe in improving agriculture and health sectors.

In an interview after meeting Vice President Joice Mujuru at her Munhumutapa Offices, Mr Shaham said they discussed matters related to the bilateral co-operation between the two countries.

"It was a good meeting (with VP Mujuru) and we discussed a lot of things we can do together. We discussed issues relating to agriculture, that we can work together. We also want to do that in the health sector," he said.

Mr Shaham said he recently visited Bindura and would be going to Chinhoyi and Bulawayo on a familiarisation tour.

"We want to work with the people and to understand the country," he said.

Mr Shaham also briefed VP Mujuru about his assessment of the country.

He said when he presented his credentials to President Mugabe he had emphasised on drip irrigation, to transform the agriculture sector.

In April, Mr Shaham pledged co-operation in agriculture and tourism.

"Following discussions with the President, agriculture would be on the agenda between the two countries," he was recently quoted.

Israel specialises in the drip irrigation system.

The Ambassador also invited Zimbabweans to Israel to experience that country's tourism.

"People here should come and visit Israel. It is a blossoming economy and is as good as Zimbabwe," he said.

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