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A five-year cooperation protocol was signed on Monday in Havana by Verónica Macamo, President of Mozambique’s Assembly of the Republic and her Cuban counterpart Esteban Lazo Hernández, the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba.
The agreement foresees the two parliaments cooperating on a number of issues, including consultation and agreement on positions of mutual interest, revitalising relations between parliamentary groups, periodic exchange of information and human resources development exchanges.
The protocol enters into force immediately and is renewed automatically unless otherwise indicated by either party.
Speaking to Mozambican and Cuban MPs who witnessed the ceremony, Veronica Macamo said the protocol would ensure closer rapprochement between the two parliaments and would “increasingly strengthen legislative and parliamentary capacity”.
Esteban Hernández, the Speaker of the Cuban Parliament, said he hoped that the protocol would open new perspectives on parliamentary cooperation and further strengthen relations between the two peoples and countries.
“Mozambique has enormous potential that can serve as a platform for strengthening cooperation with our country, such as agriculture, tourism, transportation and communications, energy and mineral resources,” Hernandez said.
Prior to the signing, the two parliamentary leaders and their respective delegations held a meeting where they addressed various political, economic and social issues.
Macamo offered the Cuban people a message of solidarity in the context of the recent tornado that devastated the country, causing loss of life and destruction of infrastructure.
The Speaker of the Mozambican Parliament congratulated the Cuban people and authorities on the ongoing reform process in the country which will culminate in a forthcoming referendum on the new draft of constitution.
“We are aware that the draft new constitution resulted from a broad and deep popular debate involving the entire Cuban people, and take this opportunity to applaud the fact that the Cuban community residing in the various provinces of Mozambique has participated in this process,” Macamo said.
Macamo also thanked Cuba for supporting Mozambique’s development since the proclamation of national independence in 1975, especially in the areas of education and health.
By Emídio BeúlaSource: O País
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