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The Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said on Tuesday he expects to receive his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, on a state visit to Portugal in 2019, on the occasion of the bilateral summit that will take place next year.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was speaking to journalists with Filipe Nyusi at his side at the end of a meeting between the two heads of state on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
“There will be a summit between the two states next year. We would like President Nyusi to make a state visit to Portugal,” he said. “We have already begun to look to the future. We have already begun to prepare how will we meet next year and how will we make President Nyusi’s visit a great success,” the Portuguese head of state added.
The president of Mozambique then said that everything was being done to have his state visit coincide with next year’s summit in Portugal and that he did not intend to visit Lisbon alone but also other parts of the country – especially its business sector, “that Portugal which produces”.
Filipe Nyusi said that he would insist on President Marcelo spending his vacation in Mozambique, reporting: “I asked for this once, but he says he can’t find the time yet. But he has to find time to rest.” De Sousa confessed it was an old promise not yet fulfilled. “I have promised to actually spend a vacation in Mozambique countless times. It’s like a second home,” he said.
Asked about the Portugal’s role in Mozambique’s peace process, President Nyusi said that “Portugal has always helped”, and that the Portuguese ambassador in Mozambique “is updated on all the steps that are taken, and advises”.
In his remarks to the Portuguese and Mozambican media, the Portuguese president reiterated that he hoped to go “farther” with regard to citizen mobility within the framework of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).