Zimbabwe invited the US ambassador on Monday over statement by a senior US official accusing the southern African country of inspiring anti-racism movement over the killing of George Floyd.
Sibusiso Moyo, Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister characterized as “false and without factual foundation” the allegations by US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien.
The United States has been rocked by days of demonstrations after an African-American was murdered by a white police officer who knelt on his neck, ignoring complaints he could not breathe.
In a Sunday statement O’Brien referred to Zimbabwe and China as “foreign adversaries” using social media to fuel unrest and “sow discord”.
Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry spokesperson James Manzou said Brian Nichols had been invited to comment on O’Brien’s remarks.
Moyo told the statements by Trump’s administration were destructive.
“Zimbabwe is not and has never been an adversary of the United States of America,” Moyo noted.
“I have informed the US ambassador that Mr O’Brien’s allegations are false and without factual foundation whatsoever.”
Zimbabwe-US relations have been mostly tense since Washington put sanctions against president Robert Mugabe and his aides in 2002 over allegations of civil rights abuses.
These sanctions were extended in March with US administration quoting Emmerson Mnangagwa’s failure to implement reforms and violent crackdowns on opposition in 2017.
Nick Mangwana stressed Zimbabwe did not consider itself “America’s adversary”.
“We prefer having friends and allies to having unhelpful adversity with any other nation including the USA,” Mangwana tweeted on Sunday.
“Anyone who has seen the genesis of recent events, from the tragic death of Mr Floyd to the subsequent protests, will realise that any accusations of Zimbabwean involvement at any stage is farcical,” the unnamed official said.