Belgium has broken ranks with other European Union countries' position on Zimbabwe and called on the bloc to immediately lift the illegal sanctions imposed on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) as it pushes to tap into the vast natural resources in the country.
Belgium is the centre of the global diamond trade as it is home to Antwerp, the world's leading diamond trading hub.
The announcement by Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mr Hendrik van de Velde this week that the embargo should be lifted has put the country at odds with other EU countries, particularly Britain which has been more critical of the Zimbabwean elections more than the EU as a bloc.
The move to lift the sanctions, Belgium said, was in line with the agreement made by EU foreign ministers in February this year that the bloc should lift the sanctions on ZMDC within a month after the poll unless member states unanimously agreed that the election was not credible.
EU states are now squabbling over how to interpret the agreement by the foreign ministers.
According to Belgium, the EU has not refused to recognise the election and the February agreement must be respected and sanctions on ZMDC should be lifted.
"For us, there is an agreement," Mr Hendrik van de Velde said.
He said last Friday, diplomats from EU member states confirmed the February agreement and what was left was the drawing up of a legal instrument lifting the sanctions on ZMDC, something he expected to happen soon.
Some European diplomats also said it was inevitable the bloc would lift sanctions on ZMDC in line with the February agreement.
ZMDC general manager Engineer Jerry Ndlovu, yesterday said the sanctions were frustrating the company's efforts to attract investors in the mining sector as well as affecting the country's revenue inflows.
He said divisions among Western countries were a sign that the July 31 harmonised elections passed the test, a move hostile countries did not anticipate.