On the first day of his Africa visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation level restricted talks with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday. In the high level meeting held between India and Mozambique, officials of both the countries have pledged to fight terror and drugs through mutual cooperation.
Both leaders discussed issues relating to bilateral cooperation on agriculture products, energy cooperation and people-to-people engagements.
In his joint address after a closed door meeting, PM Modi said that India gives a great value to Mozambique’s partnership and thanked the President for extending cooperation on defence and energy.
“President and I have today agreed to strengthen our defence and security relationship and International Solar Alliance to counter climate change,” said PM Modi.
Prime Minister Modi said that India and Mozambique will work together to face emerging challenges in the maritime domain, especially in Bay of Bengal.
India and Mozambique have signed three agreements in the field of Energy, Security and Agriculture.
PM Modi signed a historic pact with Mozambique contracting farmers in the African nation to produce pulses that fit to Indian taste.
As per the MoU, Government of Mozambique will provide their farmers with Minimum Support Price for the pulses produced for India. India is hoping to import 2,00,000 tonnes of pulses every year by 2020. India currently imports 1,00,000 tonnes.
The pact that is going to be inked during PM’s bilateral meet will enable Indian government to engage Mozambican farmers on a long term contract to grow pulses to Indians taste.
Another MoU deals with drug demand reduction in both countries and it lays down strategies to prevent illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances & precursor chemicals. The third pact deals with encouraging sports and games between the two nations.”My Africa tour, aimed at enhancing ties between India & Africa will begin from Mozambique in a brief but key visit,” the PM tweeted ahead of his departure.
Later Prime Minister will reach South Africa on Friday where he scheduled to address several meeting and sign MoUs in energy sector.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Mozambique on Thursday as part of his four-nation Africa tour aimed at enhancing ties with that continent, particularly in the economic sphere and people-to-people contacts.
“A Maputo morning, an African dawn, PM Narendra Modi arrives in Mozambique for the first leg of his visit,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted on Modi’s arrival in Mozambique’s capital Maputo.
PM Modi began his five-day tour with Mozambique and he will travel to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
“(I am) beginning my Africa tour with a visit to Mozambique. This visit will strengthen India’s bond with Mozambique,” the Prime Minister said Modi will begin his five-day tour with Mozambique and then travel to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
The focus of the African tour will be on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food.