Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived in Mozambique as part of his four-nation Africa tour. The primary focus of the tour will be on enhancing ties with that continent, particularly in the economic sphere and people-to-people contacts.
The focus will also be on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food. Addressing a joint statement with President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi in Maputo, PM Modi said categorically that terrorism is the gravest security threat facing the world today. “President and I have today agreed to strengthen our defence and security relationship. We want our partnership to ensure the safety and security of our people,” said Modi.
Highlighting the need to strengthen food security between the two countries, PM Modi said India and Mozambique compliment each other and are also strengthening partnership in food security. “We agreed to put cooperation in agriculture on the fast track. We are also strengthening our partnership in food security,” said Modi.
Modi also shed light on the menace of drug trafficking and said the agreement of both countries on prevention of drug trafficking is a testimony to the shared determination to combat this menace and these networks.
Meanwhile, India and Mozambique have signed three agreements in youth affairs and sports, long-term agreement for purchase of pulses from Mozambique and on drug demand reduction and prevention of illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals.
India will also be donating essential medicines for the public health system in Mozambique, including medicines for treatment of AIDS, said PM Modi.
Earlier during the day, PM Modi was accorded a warm and colourful ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Office in Mozambique capital Maputo as he started his first engagement of the day here to deepen ties with the African nation.
Later, the Prime Minister will visit the National Assembly, where he will receive a ceremonial welcome and will be introduced to the members, followed by a meeting with President of the National Assembly Veronica Macamo and signing of visitor’s book.
Prime Minister Modi will also visit the Maluana Science and Technology Park and the Centre for Innovation and Technological Development (CITD), where he will interacts with students.