Baird talks sanctions in private meeting with Zimbabwe's finance minister
Zimbabwean Finance Minister, Tendai Biti arrives for the presentation of the country's 2013 national Budget at Parliament in Harare, Thursday, Nov.15, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 7:23AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2013 1:54PM EST
OTTAWA -- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is telling Zimbabwe's visiting finance minister that Canada isn't quite ready to ease sanctions against the southern African country.
Spokesman Rick Roth says that was made clear during a private meeting between Baird and Tendai Biti.
Roth says the sanctions are always under review.
He says Biti gave Baird an update on financial and political reforms in Zimbabwe.
Baird said Canada wants to see Zimbabwe's new constitution finalized and wants fair and free elections in the troubled country.
Zimbabwe currently is governed by a coalition government formed a year after the country went through violent and inconclusive elections in 2008.