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  1. PM Narendra Modi’s Mozambique visit: From buying pulses to better defence ties, 5 takeaways

PM Narendra Modi’s Mozambique visit: From buying pulses to better defence ties, 5 takeaways

PM Narendra Modi during his Mozambique visit signed key pacts with the country after holding extensive delegation level talks with President Filipe Nyusi.

By: | Published: July 7, 2016 5:44 PM
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PM Narendra Modi during his Mozambique visit signed key pacts with the country after holding extensive delegation level talks with President Filipe Nyusi. Mozambique is the first stop of a four-nation Africa tour of the Prime Minister.

“President and I have held detailed discussions on our shared vision for a stronger partnership in years ahead. Mozambique has already been one of the gateways for Indian investments into Africa. About one fourth of all Indian investments in Africa are in Mozambique,” PM Modi said during the media briefing.

“Mozambique’s strengths are also the areas of India’s need. And, what Mozambique requires, is available in India. We complement each other,” Modi said.

From buying pulses for India to strengthening defence and security ties, we take a look at five takeaways from the Mozambique visit as highlighted in PM Modi’s press statement:

1) President Nyusi had highlighted agricultural development as his top priority. Our experts have since held discussions on how we can work together to improve agricultural infrastructure and productivity in Mozambique. Today, we agreed to put this cooperation on the fast track.

2) We are also strengthening our partnership in food security. India commitment to buy pulses from Mozambique would help meet India’s requirement.It will also facilitate long-term investments in commercial farming, generate farm employment and raise farmer’s incomes in this country.

3) Health care is another area where India’s capacities and Mozambican needs match well. India will be donating essential medicines for the Mozambican public health system, including medicines for treatment of AIDS.

4) We recognize that terrorism is the gravest security threat facing the world today.Mozambique and India are no exceptions. Terrorism impacts India and Mozambique equally. The networks of terror are inter-linked with other trans-national crimes. Our agreement on prevention of drug trafficking is a testimony to our shared determination to combat this menace and these networks.

5) India and Mozambique are connected by the Indian Ocean. It is an ocean of many economic opportunities. But, we are also aware of the emerging strategic and security challenges in the maritime domain. To advance our shared security interests, President and I have today agreed to strengthen our defence and security relationship. We will work together to support the Mozambican defence forces. By building capacities and institutions, training of personnel, supply of equipment, and in responding to their other emerging needs.

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