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The head of state, Filipe Nyusi, received the president of the Swiss National Council, Marina Carobbio, who is on a two-day working visit to the country, in Maputo yesterday.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Carobbio highlighted Switzerland’s participation in the search for effective peace in Mozambique.
“We addressed the issue of peace in Mozambique. As you know, our country has been assisting in this process,” Carobbio, who will remain in the country until Friday, said.
Elected to her post in November 2018, Marina Carobbio said that she would visit areas hit by Cyclone Idai in the centre of the country and expressed solidarity with the approximately 1.5 million people affected by the storm, which made landfall in Mozambique on 14 and 15 March.
“Naturally, as soon as this calamity happened, Switzerland sent a humanitarian assistance team to work on the ground. We came here to express our solidarity and sympathy to all the Mozambican people, but especially the victims of Idai,” she said.
The Swiss MP will also visit projects financed by her country in the northern province of Nampula.
Carobbio, a doctor by profession, has meetings scheduled with the president of the Assembly of the Republic, as well as with the heads of the three parties represented in parliament: Frelimo, the ruling party; Renamo, the largest opposition party , and the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), the second-largest opposition force.
“We came here to work and we are a group that represents several political parties, so we will interact with our counterparts in Mozambique,” she added.
The National Council is the Swiss legislature’s 200-seat lower house. Together with the 46-seat Council of States, it comprises the country’s Federal Assembly, which sits in the Federal Palace in Bern.
???? • À l’arrivée au #Mozambique la présidente du Conseil national @MarinaCarobbio et sa première vice-présidente @IsabelleMoret ont exprimé la solidarité de la Suisse pour les victimes du #CycloneIdai au Président de la République Filipe Jacinto Nyusi pic.twitter.com/wjab1iipR7
— Parl CH (@ParlCH) April 11, 2019