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Cooperation between Mozambique and the European Union (EU) is at its highest-ever level – as evidenced by the results achieved by President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, in meetings held yesterday in Brussels with various representatives of the European bloc, during his working visit to Belgium.
For example, the “tête-a-tête” with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, had been scheduled to last 15 minutes, but the gravity of the themes raised caused it to last more than one hour. The same happened with the meeting between the two delegations. This scenario embodies the good results achieved in the cooperation between Mozambique and the European Union.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Gonçalves, could not conceal the enthusiasm of the Mozambican delegation, saying that the country was grateful for the support it had received from Europe in the face of enormous challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado, and climate change. According to Manuel Gonçalves, the President of the Republic had conveyed to Charles Michael his thanks on behalf of all Mozambicans for European aid to the country.
In general, the meeting with the President of the European Council served to review the level of cooperation between the parties, described as high and promising.
“There is no doubt that our relations with the European Union are good and excellent. They are at their highest level,” Gonçalves told journalists accompanying the Mozambican head of state on his visit to Brussels.
The deputy minister reported that the EU was enthusiastic about Mozambique’s efforts to prevent and combat the Covid-19 pandemic, it being noted that the country’s vaccination plan currently covers over 60 percent of the target population, one of the highest levels on the African continent.
The other subject discussed at the meeting was the reconstruction plan and humanitarian support for Cabo Delgado, a province affected by terrorism. According to Manuel Gonçalves, the European Union expressed its willingness to support the plan, without giving precise details of how it would be implemented. The natural disasters that cyclically befall the country were also the theme of the meeting.
“We need EU support to respond quickly to natural disasters,” he said.
Still yesterday, as part of his visit to the European Union headquarters, the President of the Republic held meetings with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, and with the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič.
The head of state’s visit to Brussels ends today.
Very constructive discussion with the PR of #Mozambique @FNyusi today in Brussels. I reassured him of 🇪🇺’s continued humanitarian support to the most vulnerable, especially in Cabo Delgado, while also underlining our readiness to support resilience building of the 🇲🇿 population. pic.twitter.com/ZZTxx0h7l2
— Janez Lenarčič (@JanezLenarcic) February 8, 2022
Constructive first meeting with President Nyusi of Mozambique in Brussels today.
👉 We exchanged on a number of common priorities: messages for the upcoming #AUEU Summit, response to the pandemic, security cooperation and opportunities for enhanced 🇪🇺🤝🇲🇿 partnership. pic.twitter.com/QSUfQ6ICwE
— Jutta Urpilainen (@JuttaUrpilainen) February 7, 2022
Good meeting today with president @FNyusi 🇲🇿 on adaptation and the road to #COP27. With storms like #Idai and #Ana already causing heavy losses and damage, we will intensify our cooperation on water pollution and management to support Mozambique’s resilience to climate change. pic.twitter.com/JYUx6JXjP7
— Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU) February 8, 2022