These positions were assumed in the initial moments of the extended meeting of the two delegations at the V Luso-Mozambican Summit, in the Presidency of the Republic of Mozambique, after the two leaders had met alone.
On the occasion, the President of the Republic of Mozambique thanked the Prime Minister for having accepted the invitation to attend the summit taking place this Thursday in Maputo.
Filipe Nyusi also took the opportunity to congratulate António Costa on his victory in the legislative elections on 30 January, in which the PS achieved an absolute majority.
“The break was too short to get organized, but the Portuguese people didn’t need much time to decide what they wanted most, more stability. My congratulations go more to the Portuguese people, who in a serene, exemplary, calm elected and elected the PS to be at the forefront of the country’s destinies”, said the Mozambican head of state.
For his part, the Portuguese prime minister reaffirmed “Portugal’s full commitment to continue working with Mozambique, both in terms of facing difficulties and also in order to be able to contribute so that Mozambique can take full advantage of all its potential”.
“And I think that this summit, as we already have a new strategic program, and we already have a new framework program in the field of defence, opens perspectives for us to be able to take a very important leap forward here in the traditional areas of sovereignty, health, education and above all in the diversification of the economy, not only in areas as important as energy, but also agriculture, which are areas of great potential for the future of Mozambique”, he highlighted.
“Thank you, Mr President, for the opportunity to work together again”, said António Costa, who also noted the hospitality with which he was received in Maputo.
The head of the Portuguese government said it was “always a great pleasure” to return to the city where his father was born, considering that it was like finding a little bit of his roots in Maputo.
Costa congratulated Mozambique on “its recent unanimous election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council”, considering that the vote reached “was total, 192 votes, an absolutely extraordinary result”.
Recalling that the last summit between the two countries was in 2019, in Lisbon, the prime minister noted that “it was a very promising moment for Mozambique, it was a very short time to take a new step in the consolidation of peace”.
“I would like to congratulate, as the entire disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process has been going on, the progress that Mozambique has in the meantime recorded from an economic point of view, the fact that this Thursday the International Monetary Fund reopened financing to Mozambique”, he said, also highlighting “the advances it has made in the fight against terrorism in the north”.
The prime minister also highlighted “the great understanding that the president [Nyusi] expressed the postponement” of this summit, which was scheduled for mid-July, “given the situation of serious fire risk that Portugal would experience that week”.
António Costa’s official visit to Mozambique started this Thursday, with a tribute ceremony at the Monument to Mozambican Heroes, and ends on Friday.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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