ZIMBABWE'S President Robert Mugabe at the weekend told British Prime Minister David Cameron "to hell with you" over the prime minister's call to respect gay rights.
Cameron said at the Commonwealth summit last year that countries receiving British aid should respect human rights, including gay rights.
The issue has re-emerged as Zimbabwe drafts a new constitution, with debate on whether to follow neighbouring South Africa's model and include gay rights in the charter.
Mugabe urged youths to reject any provision for gay rights in the new charter.
"We won't accept that," he said. "There are other countries who have accepted that and put it in their constitutions. Please, young men and women, you don't have the freedom for men to marry men and women to marry women. You have the freedom for men to marry women. That's God's freedom. That's what created you and me."
"Nature is nature. It has created male and female," Mugabe told thousands of supporters at his 88th birthday celebration at a stadium in the eastern border town of Mutare.
"You David Cameron, are you suggesting that you don't know that or is it some kind of insanity or part of the culture of Europeans?