The Zimbabwean government has welcomed the decision of the European Union to lift travel and financial sanctions imposed on Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, former First Lady Grace Mugabe and military chief Valerio Sibanda. AfricaNews quotes Zimbabwean government spokesman, Nick Mangwana, as saying that the decision is an indication of the positive relationship with the EU but that the government would continue pushing for all sanctions to be removed unconditionally. The EU, for their part, explained that they had taken the decision despite acknowledging that Zimbabwe’s human rights record had not improved and has the potential of getting worse.