Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on July 20 that the two sides had „agreed on a negotiating framework“ and that he expected the agreement to be signed later in the same week. According to Odinga, the discussions that would follow this agreement would take place in Pretoria and would continue to be led by Mbeki, but under the supervision of the AU and the United Nations.  On July 20, the Zimbabwean Sunday Mail also reported that all companies with Western investments would be bought by Zimbabweans or by „companies from friendly countries, especially those in the Far East,“ if they responded to Western demands to shut down their operations in Zimbabwe.  Negotiators met briefly on October 7, but have not yet reached an agreement. According to Chamisa, the parties were „always in different worlds in a fundamental way.“  For his part, Biti said that he and his MDC colleague Elton Mangoma left the meeting with outrage after ZANU-PF negotiators said they were present „to justify why they needed the two interior and finance ministries.“ Biti insisted that the MDC had never accepted the allocation of ministries and that it was misleading for ZANU-PF to claim that there were only two. He expressed hope that Mbeki could help resolve the situation and said that if Mbeki was unsuccessful, the only hope left would be divine intervention. At that time, it was reported that the power-sharing agreement was on the verge of collapse; According to reports, some members of the ZANU-PF leadership insisted that the party should retain key portfolios, believing that ZANU-PF would be in great danger if it did not control these ministries.  ANC President Jacob Zuma said on the same day that he hoped the Zimbabwean parties could reach an agreement on their own, but he also said Mbeki was available to facilitate negotiations if necessary.  The Committee engaged with representatives of the main political parties in Zimbabwe, with the exception of ZANU-PF, a representative of the European Union and representatives of civil society organizations, on progress and obstacles to the implementation of the Global Political Agreement in Zimbabwe The Committee was informed that the European Union (EU) was systematically introducing sanctions against Zimbabwe, to enable development assistance. There were fears that some of the aid in the area of food aid would be used as a policy instrument, but this should be confirmed. .