UN chief expected tomorrow, to visit cyclone-ravaged Mozambique
The president of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, arrived in Lisbon this morning for a state visit to Portugal at the invitation of the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The visit programme began with military honours in Praça do Império, followed by the laying of a wreath at the tomb of Luís de Camões at the Jerónimos Monastery and a meeting between the two heads of state in Palácio de Belém. Filipe Nyusi was welcomed at the Assembly of the Republic, and ends the day with an official dinner hosted by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at Ajuda National Palace.
Tomorrow, the Mozambican head of state will attend a Mozambique-Portugal business seminar at Lisbon’s Intercontinental Hotel, then lead the Mozambican delegation to hold official talks at the IV Portugal-Mozambique Summit, in Palácio Foz, where a number of legal instruments strengthening bilateral relations will be signed.
On Wednesday, Filipe Nyusi will also meet members of the Mozambican community living in Portugal.
During the visit, Filipe Nyusi and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will also participate in the EurAfrican Forum, in Cascais, organised by the Portuguese Diaspora Council, in a panel on “Rebuilding Mozambique in the context of the cyclone Idai and Kenneth catastrophe”.
On Friday, the last day of the State visit, Filipe Nyusi will be received at the City Hall of Viseu at 4 p.m., Lusa reports. However, according to a press release issued by the Mozambican Presidency (in the link below), Filipe Nyusi’s state visit to Portugal is scheduled to end on July 8, Monday.
Foreign Minister José Pacheco, who is part of the presidential delegation, explained to journalists in Maputo yesterday that the visit would focus mainly on strengthening cooperation and economic diplomacy, with particular attention to the private sector.
According to Pacheco, Mozambique and Portugal have excellent diplomatic relations, but increasing economic cooperation is necessary, hence the large business delegation that is part of the presidential entourage.
During this visit, the President of the Republic is accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Pacheco; of the Interior, Jaime Basílio Monteiro; of Industry and Commerce, Ragendra de Sousa; Deputy Ministers of Mineral Resources and Energy, Augusto Fernando; of Health, João Leopoldo da Costa. Also part of the delegation are the Ambassador of Mozambique to the Portuguese Republic, Joaquim Bule; deputies of the Assembly of the Republic; staff of the Presidency of the Republic and other state institutions, as well as a Mozambican business delegation.Source: Noticias / Lusa