President Nyusi calls for deeper cooperation between TZ and Mozambique

 

President Felipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique inspecting a Guard of Honour upon his arrive in Dar es Salaam on Sunday

President Felipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique inspecting a Guard of Honour upon his arrive in Dar es Salaam on Sunday

The President of Mozambique Felipe Nyusi has implored parliahas urged the parliaments of Tanzania and his country to take the lead in fostering understanding and cooperation between the people of these two historical allies.

In his historic address to the Tanzanian National Assembly Tuesday, President Nyusi said members of parliaments from both countries have patriotic duties to help build on the legacy of the founding fathers of the two nations.

“My visit to this parliament constitutes a special occasion for consolidating the pleasant bilateral relations we have had which is much grounded beyond mere political ties” he noted.

President Nyusi receiving a bouquet of flower from a young Tanzanian girl as President Kikwete looks on

President Nyusi receiving a bouquet of flower from a young Tanzanian girl as President Kikwete looks on

During the twenty minute-speech, Nyusi, the first Mozambican President to address the Tanzanian Parliament dwelt on strengthening economic and cultural ties for the benefit of the coming next generation of citizens of both nations.

He said the decision to visit Tanzania in his first ever official visit since he took office in January this year following December 2014 election, was prompted by the fact that Tanzania played an important role in making Mozambique what it is today.

According the president, the strong friendly, brotherly and sisterly bond was established by former presidents, Edward Mondlane, Samora Machel and Julius Nyerere but continued by successive presidents.

The president remembered when Mwalimu Nyerere visited Mozambique soon after independence and during his address; he told Mozambicans that the country had the high sea to cross in the path to development.

“We have come here to the land of Nyerere to say that we have crossed the high sea and have embarked on building a country where there is no discrimination and allow citizens to enjoy the fruits of freedom learnt from the school, Tanzania” he stressed amid cheers from legislators.

The Mozambican parliament, and people would benefit immensely from experiences from countries like Tanzania.

Nyusi highlighted deeper national unity, rule of law, fighting corruption and approval of government’s five years development programmes as areas of potential cooperation.

During Nyusi’s visit the two countries signed 90-day Visa Agreement to allow Tanzanians travelling to Mozambique and Mozambicans travelling to TZ facilitate travel and tourism between the two nations.

The agreement was signed by foreign ministers of both countries on Sunday.

President Nyusi arrived in Tanzania Sunday afternoon on a three-day official visit. He is accompanied by high-ranking government officials, lawmakers and business leaders among other dignitaries.

Nyusi has met various political and business leaders, visited the ruling party Chama Chamapinduzi (CCM) headquars in Dodoma, and he has also had closed-door meetings with counterpart and host President Jakaya Kikwete.

The two presidents will later today hold a joint press conference at the state house later before he departs for Mozambique.