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Indian Lok Sabha President Om Birla and Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique, signed a memorandum of cooperation in Parliament on Wednesday.
The Memorandum of Cooperation aims to develop privileged relations between the Parliaments of India and Mozambique based on the principles of equality, reciprocity of benefits and mutual respect, and undertakes to consult each other on matters of parliamentary interest.
This comes as the first Mozambican parliamentary delegation arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The Mozambican parliamentary delegation led by Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
Meanwhile, the 2nd Round of Foreign Ministry Consultations (FOC) between India and Mozambique was held in New Delhi on July 4, 2022. The Indian side was led by Puneet R. Kundal, Joint Secretary (Eastern and Southern Africa) and the Mozambican part was moderated by Ismael Valigy, Director for Asia and Oceania at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique.
During the FOC, the two delegations reviewed the multi-faceted bilateral relations, covering political exchanges, development partnership projects, defense and security cooperation, trade and economic issues, consular matters and cooperation in areas such as agriculture, sports, health, etc. the two sides agreed to enhance people-to-people exchanges and cultural cooperation.
The Indian side congratulated Mozambique on its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2023-24 term. They also exchanged views on global developments and issues of common interest, including cooperation within the United Nations, South African Development Cooperation (SADC) and the African Continental Free Trade Area ( AfCFTA).
The two sides also agreed to continue high-level political exchanges and regular meetings of joint institutional mechanisms to keep the partnership dynamic and mutually beneficial.
The talks took place in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. The two sides agreed to hold the next round of consultations on mutually agreed dates in Maputo.
India and Mozambique enjoy close and friendly relations based on traditional ties dating back to pre-colonial times. With a significant number of people of Indian origin among the Mozambican population, cultural relations between India and Mozambique have always existed over the past centuries.
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