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Portugal Seeks to Strengthen Bilateral Relations With Mozambique

Portugal Seeks to Strengthen Bilateral Relations With Mozambique

The head of state, Filipe Nyusi, and the new Portuguese prime minister, Luís Montenegro, discussed on Tuesday 9 April by telephone how to increase bilateral relations between the two countries.

A statement released by the Mozambican Presidency revealed that during the talks, the Portuguese Prime Minister expressed his intention to strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation relations with the country by maintaining the Joint Commission, bearing in mind that the next meeting will take place in Mozambique.

Montenegro expressed its sorrow at the loss of 98 human lives as a result of the shipwreck that took place on Sunday (7) near Ilha de Moçambique.

“The leader thanked people for congratulating him on his election as prime minister of Portugal,” he emphasised.

Luís Montenegro, former PSD parliamentary leader, took office after the Democratic Alliance coalition (which brought together PSD/CDS-PP/PPM) won the elections on 10 March.

Recently, Portugal’s former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, said that his country’s relations with Mozambique are at a “point of excellence” and that co-operation projects show “above average execution”.

“Relations are at a point of excellence. We have a strategic cooperation programme that runs from 2022-26 and which is being implemented well above average. It’s quite likely that it will have to be reinforced,” he said.

Speaking in Maputo, the Portuguese leader pointed out that in recent times there had been a doubling of scholarships awarded to Mozambican students to attend higher education in Portugal, clarifying that they exceeded 2200.

“The two countries have also articulated positions on co-operation at regional and world level,” he said.


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