The renewed its arms embargo on Zimbabwe and sanctions on the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) for one year and lifted restrictions on four individuals following the Council of the European Union meeting, the latest blow to the President Emmerson Mnangagwa administration, which was hopeful the measures would be lifted.
The fractious block said sound political and economic governance are paramount if the business and investment climate in Zimbabwe is to be improved, and inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development are to be achieved.
The bloc insisted that the arms embargo, as well as the asset freeze against Zimbabwe Defence Industries, do not affect the Zimbabwean economy, foreign direct investment, or trade.
"They are motivated by the EU's intention to encourage a demonstrable commitment by the
Zimbabwean authorities to upholding the rule of law and human rights," the EU said.
"The EU is ready to review the whole range of its policies at any time, when justified, based ondevelopments in the country.
"The EU will seek increased collaboration with international partners, most importantly the African Union, SADC and its member countries, and international financial institutions, who can play a key role by supporting Zimbabwe in enabling an inclusive dialogue and in accelerating progress in reforms."
On a positive note, the European bloc said it welcomes the resumption of a formal political dialogue in 2019, which it sees as a step towards a more constructive EU-Zimbabwe relationship.
The Zimbabwean government has engaged a number of western public relations to lobby the United States and the EU to drop sanctions against Zimbabwe, but it seems this is not working so far.
Zimbabwe has also engaged the African Union and the Southern African Development Community to lobby on its behalf to have the sanctions lifted.
Indications are that the United States will also renew sanctions against Zimbabwe, with the prospect of adding more individuals.
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