Zimbabwe has expelled Libya's ambassador after he recognised the rebel National Transitional Council fighting Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
His arrival may have been low-key, but veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is likely to steal the spotlight at this weekend's European Union-Africa summit with his first trip to Europe in more than two years. Usually the subject of a travel ban from the EU, Mugabe touched down in Lisbon late on Thursday.
South African President Thabo Mbeki was to hold talks on Saturday with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe in Harare before heading on to Lusaka for a summit on Zimbabwe's post-election crisis, an official said. Mugabe has chosen not to attend the gathering of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community.
European Union member states and the United States have been excluded from a list of observers who will be invited to monitor the March 29 general elections in Zimbabwe, the government announced on Friday. The only European country that had been invited to send monitors was Russia, while the Commonwealth was also left off the invitation list.
Zimbabwe has invited 47 regional and sub-regional organisations as well as countries from Africa, Asia, the Americas and one European country -- Russia -- to observe this month's election, the government mouthpiece Herald reported on Friday.