(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
India's Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Esperanca Laurinda
Francisco Nhiuane Bias, Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of
Mozambique signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Parliament House
The Memorandum of Cooperation aims to develop privileged
relations between the Parliaments of India and Mozambique based on
the principles of equality, reciprocity of benefits and mutual
respect, and undertake to consult each other on matters of
This comes as the first Mozambican Parliamentary Delegation
arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The Parliamentary Delegation from Mozambique led by Esperanca
Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, President of the Assembly of the
Republic of Mozambique also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at
Meanwhile, the 2nd round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC)
between India and Mozambique was held in New Delhi on 4 July 2022.
The Indian side was led by Puneet R. Kundal, Joint Secretary (East
& Southern Africa) and the Mozambican side was led by Ismael
Valigy, Director for Asia and Oceania in the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique.
During the FOC, both delegations reviewed the multi-faceted
bilateral relationship, covering political exchanges, development
partnership projects, defence and security cooperation, trade and
economic matters, consular issues, and cooperation in areas such as
agriculture, sports, health, etc. The two sides agreed to enhance
people to people exchanges, and cultural cooperation.
The Indian side congratulated Mozambique on its election to the
non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the term
2023-24. They also exchanged views on global developments and
issues of common interest including cooperation in the United
Nations, South African Development Cooperation (SADC) and African
Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Both sides also agreed to continue high-level political
exchanges and regular meetings of the joint institutional
mechanisms to keep the partnership vibrant and mutually
The talks were held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. Both
sides agreed to hold the next round of Consultations at mutually
convenient dates in Maputo.
India and Mozambique enjoy close, friendly relations built upon
traditional links dating back to pre-colonial period. With a
sizable number of people of Indian origin among the Mozambican
population, cultural relations between India and Mozambique have
always existed for the past few centuries.
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