2nd FOC between India and Mozambique Held

Jul 4: The 2nd round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between India and Mozambique were held in New Delhi on 4 July 2022. The Indian side was led by Shri Puneet R. Kundal, Joint Secretary (East & Southern Africa) and the Mozambican side was led by Mr. Ismael Valigy, Director for Asia and Oceania in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique.

During the FOC, both delegations reviewed the multi-faceted bilateral relationship, covering political exchanges, development partnership projects, defence and security cooperation, trade and economic matters, consular issues, and cooperation in areas such as agriculture, sports, health, etc. The two sides agreed to enhance people to people exchanges, and cultural cooperation.

The Indian side congratulated Mozambique on its election to the non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the term 2023-24. They also exchanged views on global developments and issues of common interest including cooperation in the United Nations, South African Development Cooperation (SADC)and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Both sides also agreed to continue high level political exchanges and regular meetings of the joint institutional mechanisms to keep the partnership vibrant and mutually beneficial.

The talks were held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. Both sides agreed to hold the next round of Consultations at mutually convenient dates in Maputo.

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