HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe claimed that his country had "defeated the British" after he attended an EU-Africa summit in Lisbon at the weekend, state media reported yesterday.
The veteran leader said Zimbabwe had scored a diplomatic victory over Britain and its Western allies at the summit where Mugabe's presence took centre stage last week.
"We defeated the British," the state-run Herald quoted Mugabe as saying upon his return.
Mugabe managed to attend the summit after securing backing from some European Union countries and fellow African leaders.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown boycotted the meeting over Mugabe's presence. But Mugabe said Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, whom he termed "a gang of four", had acted on his behalf. - Sapa-AFP