The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, met with the Mozambican head of state, Filipe Nyusi, in New York, where they discussed the country’s internal developments, including economic prospects, implementation of the Maputo Peace Process and the humanitarian situation.
According to a statement released by António Guterres’ office this Tuesday, March 28, the meeting took place on Monday (27), and the Secretary-General took the opportunity to express his “deep condolences and solidarity” to the Mozambican people for the impact of Cyclone Freddy, which killed more than 500 people in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar.
The UN leader also congratulated Mozambique for the work done during its monthly presidency of the Security Council in March and reaffirmed the Organization’s support to Mozambique on its path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Filipe Nyusi is in New York regarding Mozambique’s first monthly presidency of the Security Council – which is about to end – and led on Tuesday a meeting of that body focused on preventing and fighting terrorism.
At that high-level meeting, which was also attended by African Union (AU) President Azali Assoumani, the UN leader said that factors such as poverty, hunger, unemployment, and unconstitutional changes in governments create a “fertile ground” for the expansion of terrorist groups in Africa.
On the sidelines of that meeting, Guterres held a meeting with Assoumani in which terrorism in Africa and AU-United Nations cooperation in the areas of peace and security were discussed.
“The Secretary-General and President Azali Assoumani welcomed the strategic partnership between the United Nations and the African Union, and also discussed internal developments in the Union of Comoros, as well as its economic situation,” Guterres’ office added in a statement.