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Botswana Aids Zimbabwe With Four Million Litres Of Fuel

Wene Owino, PANA Correspondent
GABORONE, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana has delivered 81 oil tankers to Zimbabwe in continued assistance to its neighbour, currently in throes of a fuel crisis.

According to a press release from the office of the president Tuesday, 41 tankers conveyed diesel, six transported aviation gas, while 34 tankers contained petrol, making a total of 4,521,920 litres of fuel aid that Botswana has so far delivered to Zimbabwe.

The aid is part of a 23-million-pula (about five million US dollars) assistance that Botswana promised to Zimbabwe and Mozambique in February to cope with the effects of cyclone Eline.

Zimbabwe, which requested 20 million litres of fuel aid, is receiving assistance on commercial terms.

But Botswana's offer of one million litres of fuel aid to flood ravaged Mozambique was a humanitarian gesture which was meant to help with rescue operations.

The release said that Botswana offered fuel aid out of a spirit of fraternal solidarity and good neighbourliness to help the temporary economic change of fortune that Zimbabwe is currently experiencing.

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