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Filipe Nyusi ends visit, pledges support

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By Deogratias Mmana

Malawi and Mozambique have made several agreements at the end of the three-day State visit of President Filipe Nyusi.

In a communiqué that was read during a news briefing at the State House Wednesday, President Lazarus Chakwera and Nyusi pledged to support each other’s candidature as Malawi eyes the presidency of the sixth session of the United Nations (UN) Environment Assembly, whose elections will be held in February 2022.

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Malawi also pledged to support the candidature of Mozambique for the Non-Permanent Seat of the UN Security Council from 2023 to 2024.

The two presidents agreed on various issues, from maintaining political and diplomatic consultations for the joint search for solutions, to issues of mutual interest such as armed conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism.

They also agreed to strengthen the Malawi- Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation.

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“Their Excellencies agreed that the Malawi- Mozambique JPCC should be held regularly with Malawi reiterating its willingness to host the 14th session of the Malawi–Mozambique JPCC in Lilongwe in 2022, conditions permitting,” the communiqué reads.

Mozambique also reiterated its willingness to host the 14th session of the Joint Permanent Commission in Defence and Security between the two countries in Maputo, Mozambique, in 2022.

Chakwera cited promotion of infrastructure, strengthening innovation through research and development among his priority areas.

“With the developmental foundation we have laid, Your Excellency, opportunities for working closely together going forward abound,” Chakwera said.

On his part, Nyusi said he was happy that the two countries were now in mutual bilateral ties and assured Chakwera of his government’s support.

”We agreed on tangible activities that touch on people’s lives,” he said.

Nyusi left the country Wednesday.

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