Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth and invited observers to attend its general elections. The move is a major step towards re-engaging with the international community after Robert Mugabe's ouster.
Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980, had been suspended by the group for violent and disputed elections as well as the seizure of land from white farmers which triggered a national economic collapse.
Mnangagwa replaced Mugabe as leader following a de facto army coup last November.
Observers invited to election
In the letter, Mnangagwa also invited Commonwealth officials to observe Zimbabwe's general elections which are due to take place in July.
The presidential, parliamentary and council elections will be the southern African nation's first big democratic test.
In order to become a member of the Commonwealth, Zimbabwe must show that it adheres to the group's core values including democracy and rule of law as well as the protection of human rights including freedom of expression, the group said in a statement.
The membership application process includes an informal assessment of the situation in Zimbabwe as well as consultations with other member states.
If its application were to be accepted, Zimbabwe would be the fifth country to re-join the Commonwealth. The group is currently comprised of 53 countries, mainly former British colonies, representing 2.4 billion people.