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Clinton: US Eager to Hear Tsvangirai Plans for Zimbabwe


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is eager to hear plans for turning around Zimbabwe from visiting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Clinton and Mr. Tsvangirai appeared briefly for reporters at the State Department in Washington Thursday before heading into talks.

The secretary of state said she and President Barack Obama are "anxious" to hear about the work of Zimbabwe's new unity government, and will look for ways the U.S. can appopriately support its initatives.

Mr. Tsvangirai is due to meet with President Obama on Friday.

The prime minister is on a three-week international tour designed to drum up political and financial support for Zimbabwe.

The unity government is trying to revive the country's collapsed economy, ruined by years of political turmoil, falling food production and hyperinflation.

Western countries have so far refused to commit significant aid, saying they want to see evidence the new government can carry out democratic reforms.

Britain, the U.S. and other countries accuse longtime President Robert Mugabe of human rights abuses and destructive economic policies, especially the seizure of commercial farms owned by whites.

Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai joined forces in the unity government this February, after months of difficult negotiations that followed last year's disputed elections.

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