David Ford MLA, leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, expressed his enthusiasm for the arrival of Mr. Tsvangirai saying: “It is a tremendous privilege to welcome Morgan Tsvangirai to our Congress and to Northern Ireland. This is an immensely important visit and is indicative of these changing times in our society. Morgan Tsvangirai is a beacon of hope for the whole world. We offer him our full support and hope that he is allowed to take up his rightful position as President of Zimbabwe as soon as possible.”
According to Lord Alderdice, speaking from the Europa Hotel in Belfast:
“We are honoured that Mr. Tsvangirai and President Wade have chosen to attend our Congress in Belfast. It is a city often seen as an example that conflict can be overcome when people choose peace and democracy over violence and tyranny. It is an honour for the worldwide liberal family to be in the presence of these distinguished individuals who are dedicated to pursuing basic human rights in Africa. Just as before, during this tumultuous time after the elections in Zimbabwe, Mr. Tsvangirai has the full support of the Liberal International.”
There will be a press conference featuring Morgan Tsvangirai and President Wade from 11:00 to 11:30 on Friday 16 May in the Exhibition Centre at the Europa Hotel.