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Abbas congratulates president of Zimbabwe, a serial human rights violator, on its independence day

Headline: “The [PA] president blessed the president of Zimbabwe on Independence Day”
“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas blessed Zimbabwean President [Robert Mugabe] on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day celebrations.
In his telegram, the president expressed his pride in the close ties of friendship connecting the two peoples and states, and his appreciation for [Zimbabwe’s] positions of solidarity with and support for our people’s rights and struggle for the end of the occupation of our land and the establishment of its independent state, whose capital is East Jerusalem. He also emphasized his constant adherence to strengthening these ties and the ways of cooperation.”

Zimbabwe’s socialist authoritarian President Robert Mugabe has been in power since 1980 and has been condemned by Western countries for his long history of human rights violations including the massacre of 20,000 members of the Ndebele ethnic group in Matabeleland from 1982-1987, confiscating farms owned by white Zimbabweans and turning a blind eye to violence against them, overseeing a crackdown on political opponents and the media, corruption, and tampering with elections.