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File photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation José Pacheco
Mozambique and Malawi are working on conclusively reaffirming their borders, in an exercise which aims to avoid potential conflicts arising from the exploitation of resources or other disagreements that may affect good relations between the two countries, Notícias reports.
The land borders and sharing of Lake Niassa, also involving Tanzania, as well as the navigability of inland waters, have been on the agenda of discussions between the two countries, and a better approach is being sought in the spirit of regional integration and collaboration among nations.
This is an issue that is being analysed by experts from both countries and has returned to the discussion table during the visit to Mozambique of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Malawi, Emmanuel Fabiano.
Speaking at the end of talks with his Malawian counterpart, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Jose Pacheco said the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries were excellent.
Minister Pacheco pointed out that, as neighbours, friendly and cooperative relations were fruitful, but that there were technical aspects concerning the sharing of territory that were inherited from the colonising powers, such as artificial borders.
He recalled that the African Union decided in 2008 that African nations needed to reaffirm their borders to avoid possible conflicts that might arise from a lack of clarity.
“Mozambique and Malawi are on the right track in the process of reaffirming their common border. The challenge is to work more quickly, allow the process to be completed and continue to live in harmony,” Pacheco said.
He said that the two countries’ delegations agreed that there should be regular bilateral consultations, and that meetings at different levels should be held.
The Mozambican foreign minister also said that the teams should produce a matrix for follow-up actions identified in the course of the Malawian delegation’s visit to Mozambique.
In the course of the visit, the Malawian delegation learned about conditions at Maputo Port in the context of addressing infrastructure challenges, bearing in mind that Malawi uses Mozambican corridors for access to the sea.
The Malawi delegation also visited the natural gas-fired power plant nearing completion in Maputo.Source: Notícias