New Delhi. Two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) – an agreement on sharing white shipping information and co-operation in the field of Hydrography – were signed between Government of India and Government of the Republic of Mozambique. The signing of the two MoUs will further strengthen the ongoing Indo-Mozambican Defence co-operation.
The agreements were signed during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s official visit to Maputo, Mozambique from July 28-30, 2019. This is Rajnath Singh’s first visit abroad as Defence Minister and the first-ever visit of Defence Minister of India to Mozambique.
Today, the Defence Minister called on Mr. Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, the Prime Minister of Mozambique. He also held delegation-level talks with his counterpart Mr. Atanasio Salvador M’tumuke.
The visit witnessed the growing defence co-operation between Mozambique and India, and the potential such collaboration offers for enhancing security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The Defence Minister announced assistance of communication equipment and highlighted the importance of working together to prevent non-traditional threats like smuggling, terrorism, piracy, poaching, etc. and overall co-operation in the maritime domain.
Defence Minister of Mozambique, Mr. Atanasio Salvador M’tumuke briefed the visiting Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the internal security situation and the ongoing Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) process. The Defence Minister conveyed best wishes for the ongoing peace process.
Defence Minister Singh discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations while meeting the Mozambican leaders and noted the excellent Government-to-Government ties, strong business exchanges, vibrant development partnership, and long-standing people-to-people links between the two countries.
Mozambique sought co-operation from India to deal with the growing menace of terrorism and radicalisation. The visiting Minister Singh assured co-operation and reiterated commitment to work together in this regard.
An elaborate ceremony was held on July 29 at Mozambican Naval Headquarters to hand over two India-made Fast Interceptor Boats (FIBs) to Mozambique. The handing over certificate was signed by the Director General, Coast Guards of India and Chief of Mozambican Navy.
A four-member ICGS team is also assisting with training and support for maintenance and operation of the two boats. Mozambican Defence Minister expressed gratitude for India’s support for Mozambican Defence Forces, in particular, for the boats being used for coastal surveillance.
On his arrival on July 28, the Defence Minister was accorded Guard of Honour at the Mozambican Army Headquarters.
In the evening, the Defence Minister addressed a gathering of Indian Diaspora and interacted with the community.
The Defence Minister accompanied by a high-level delegation including Defence Secretary, DG, Coast Guards and senior officials of Ministries of Defence and External Affairs.
India shares close, warm and friendly relations with Mozambique which is cemented by robust development partnership and a large presence of the Indian diaspora. The visit of Defence MInister is expected to further strengthen relations with Mozambique.