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Mozambique and Equatorial Guinea Announce Agreement to Abolish Visas

Mozambique and Equatorial Guinea Announce Agreement to Abolish Visas

The governments of Mozambique and Equatorial Guinea have signed a visa waiver agreement, the two countries’ heads of state said today.

“We, the African countries, must bet on cooperation,” declared Teodoro Obiang, moments after receiving in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, who has been visiting the Central African country since Wednesday.

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The visa waiver agreement covers diplomatic and ordinary passports, aiming to boost economic relations between the two states and facilitate mobility, a goal assumed in the framework of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), of which the two countries are part, along with Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor.

“Once again this is the expression of the CPLP, which argues that the doors of our country should be open so that the economy can function,” said the Mozambican head of state, moments after signing the documents.

In addition to the agreement for visa suppression, Mozambique and Equatorial Guinea also signed an agreement for cooperation in the area of culture.

The Mozambican head of state’s visit comes at the invitation of his counterpart Teodoro Obiang, after his visit to Mozambique five years ago.

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The agenda also aims to “exchange experiences in the exploration of hydrocarbons, particularly oil and gas,” as well as “market research” for export of Mozambican products.

Filipe Nyusi is traveling with three members of the government: the minister of Culture and Tourism, Edelvina Materula, the minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Carlos Zacarias, and the holder of Industry and Trade, Silvino Moreno.

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