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Putin Expects “Closer Coordination” with Mozambique at Security Council

Putin Expects “Closer Coordination” with Mozambique at Security Council

The President of Russia said he expects “greater coordination” with Mozambique of actions in the UN Security Council, as the African country takes up the mandate of non-permanent member for the period 2023/2024.

“We expect greater coordination of our actions in the Security Council, efficient cooperation in solving important global and regional problems,” said Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on Thursday, addressing Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi on the sidelines of the Russia/Africa summit.

Putin added that for this consultation, the foreign ministries of the two countries are already holding consultations on the subject.

The President of Mozambique on Thursday began a working visit to Russia, which will continue until Saturday, including a meeting with his Russian counterpart and participation in the St Petersburg summit.

At the meeting with Nyusi, Putin stressed that Russia values constructive cooperation with Mozambique on the international stage, including the African country’s support for Russia’s initiatives at the UN.

The Russian leader also pointed out that there are “good prospects” in economic cooperation between the two countries, recalling that in 2022 the volume of business carried out between Russia and Mozambique “grew by 14.5%”.

“The positive dynamics continued between January and April this year, with growth of 35%,” he said.

Putin added that there are also good prospects for cooperation in gas extraction, geological surveying, electricity, agriculture and fisheries.

The Russian President indicated that the intergovernmental commission for economic and scientific and technological cooperation is working on strengthening economic ties between Russia and Mozambique and the two countries want to broaden the legal basis for bilateral cooperation.

“Documents on intellectual property, geology, fisheries and innovations are scheduled to be signed on the sidelines of this summit,” Mr Putin said.

The strengthening of Russia’s support for Mozambique in the area of education was also emphasised by the Russian head of state, who stressed that Moscow continues to help train Mozambican staff at Russian universities.

“In total, about 3,000 Mozambicans received higher education in the USSR and Russia,” he said, citing statistics and assuming that as of 2020, the share of education for students from Mozambique has more than doubled.

“In the educational year 2023-2024, there will be 75 scholarships,” he pointed out.

“Russia and Mozambique are linked by strong ties of friendship and cooperation that were established even during the struggle of the Mozambican people for independence,” Putin stressed, highlighting Nyusi’s “spirit” to “further strengthen” the “multifaceted ties” between the two peoples.

The President of Mozambique on Thursday called for “greater business investment” in order to “boost” economic cooperation with Russia, at the end of a meeting in St Petersburg with Vladimir Putin.

“I met this afternoon in St Petersburg with President Putin, where we exchanged information on the situation in our two countries and the state of our bilateral cooperation. We encourage greater business investment to boost economic co-operation in order to underpin friendly relations with concrete actions in an environment of mutual respect,” Filipe Nyusi wrote in a message on his official Facebook account.

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“To this end, we support the increase in trade and business exchanges as well as the need to concretise existing cooperation instruments,” he added.

The Mozambique Liberation Front [Frelimo, the party in power since the country’s independence] was an ally of Moscow during the time of the former Soviet Union, receiving military support during the fight against Portuguese colonialism and economic aid after independence in 1975.

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