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Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was at the White House, on June 12.
Tsvangirai met with U.S President Barack Obama and the two discussed the future of Zimbabwe. At a news conference following their discussion, President Obama said the U.S. government was committing $73 million to assist Zimbabwe with some of its problems. However, this money was going directly to the people of Zimbabwe, according to the White House, and not to the Zimbabwe government.
The visit was part of a three-week tour of Western countries aimed at persuading foreign governments to offer aid to Zimbabwe in spite of the role of Robert Mugabe in managing the country.
Tsvangirai is now the personal emissary of President Robert Mugabe and represents the Zimbabwe government after years of discord between him and the Mugabe administration.