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Expanding India and Mozambique bilateral defence cooperation

Published Nov 30, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Mozambique Minister of DefenceMrAtanasio Salvador M’Tumukeis on an official visit to India alongwith a delegation. It follows the earlier visit of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh to Mozambique in July 2019.

The Mozambican Minister met with Raksha Mantri in South Block today. During today’s meeting, both Ministers reiterated their commitment to strengthen the bilateral defence relationship between the two countries.

The Mozambican delegation also visited Bharat Electronics Limited and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited at Bengaluru in November 28, 2019.

Background

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh visited Maputo, Mozambique from July 28-30, 2019. This was Shri Rajnath Singh’s first visit abroad as Raksha Mantri and the first-ever visit of Defence Minister of India to Mozambique.

Raksha Mantri (RM) called on Mr. Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, the Prime Minister of Mozambique. He also held delegation-level talks with his counterpart Mr. Atanasio Salvador M’tumuke.

After the talks, two Memoranda of Understanding – agreement on sharing white shipping information and co-operation in the field of Hydrography – were signed between Government of India and Government of the Republic of Mozambique. The signing of the two MoUs will further strengthen the ongoing Indo-Mozambican Defence co-operation..

The ships of the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy (Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul) carried out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations at Port Beira, Mozambique since 18 Mar 19. The ships were diverted from sea post Cyclone ‘IDAI’ hit the coast of Mozambique on 15 Mar 19 causing large scale destruction and loss of lives. Since arrival at Port Beira, the ships have rescued more than 150 survivors from Buzi area near Port Beira, which is cut off from the mainland. In addition two medical camps have been set up at Port Beira and Gaura-Gaurathe Island and Medical assistance has been provided to over 800 affected people from the local population.