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24 Apr 2000 00:00
BRITAIN made an embarassing protocol slip when it emerged that Queen Elizabeth II had congratulated Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on his country’s national day even as his supporters murdered a white farmer. The Foreign Office confirmed that a message of goodwill was sent to Zimbabwe on Tuesday, the 20th anniversary of independence.
A spokesman said such messages were sent out to all countries on their national days, and are drafted by the Foreign Office and sent to Buckingham Palace for the queen’s signature.
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