President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Mozambique counterpart, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, today witnessed the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding(MoUs) aimed at further deepening bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.

The signing of the MoUs on peace and security was done in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, during the first day of President Samia’s state visit to Mozambique.

The MoU on Defence Cooperation was signed by the Tanzania Minister of Defence and National Services, Dr. Stergomena L. Tax and her Mozambique counterpart, Cristovao A. Chume.

To cement the long-lasting cooperation between the two nations, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Ambassador Mbarouk Nassor Mbarouk, together with Mateus Magala, Mozambique’s Minister for Transport and Communications, signed an MoU for Co-ordination of Search and Rescue services.

President Samia noted that despite robust historical and diplomatic relations between the two countries, trade and investment ties were still limited therefore, the two leaders agreed to fully exploit trade and investment potentials, especially in agriculture/agro-processing, fisheries, oil and gas and mining.

On the other hand, the two countries agreed to extend the Tanzania-Mozambique Student Exchange Programme (TAMOSE) for another five years.

Considering that Kiswahili is now officially recognized by major regional blocks in Africa, President Samia expressed her readiness to send a team of experts to discuss Mozambique’s particular needs and agreed on a framework for teaching Kiswahili at primary level in Mozambique schools.

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