King Charles III has declined President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe’s invitation to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s burial on September 19.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace condemned Mnangagwa’s administration for its record of human rights abuses and violations.
The president had already sent a telegram of sympathy to King Charles II, asking for permission to attend the burial.
To no one’s surprise, King Charles III of the United Kingdom declined President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe’s invitation to attend the burial of Queen Elizabeth II.
The president of Zimbabwe reportedly asked to attend the burial of the queen in a letter of sympathy, as reported by The Punch.
Buckingham Palace didn’t include Mnangagwa on their list of invited international leaders for the lying-in-state.
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Charles III, in a statement by the deputy to the senior correspondence officer, Miss Jannie Vine, stated that the request of the Zimbabwean President was denied due to the report of violation of human rights in his country.
The statement reads in part, “His Majesty King Charles III, has asked me to inform you that President Mnangagwa’s request cannot be granted as it would go against the restrictions, including those of travel that the United Kingdom has in place with regards to many of the Zimbabwean governmental leadership and those connected to them. There is also concern at the confirmed reports of non-adherence to respecting human rights occurring in Zimbabwe.”