Masisi shifts gears for G7 face-off

Gatekeepers: The G7 is finalising how to weed out Russian diamonds PIC: REUTERS
Gatekeepers: The G7 is finalising how to weed out Russian diamonds PIC: REUTERS

Fresh off grinding out the historic deal with De Beers, President Mokgweetsi Masisi finds himself in yet another face-off, this time with an even bigger giant – the world’s superpowers. His initial comments on the issue show he’s digging deeper into his diplomatic arsenal, writes MBONGENI MGUNI

The process of consulting with the Group of Seven on how to successfully clamp down on Russian diamonds while not harming innocent producers such as Botswana, has been likened to handholding an elephant through a china shop.

Diamond sector veteran, Martin Rapaport, used the analogy recently when discussing the steps the G7 is taking to stop Russian diamonds from entering its market.

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