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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statements following their meeting with Prime Minister of Mozambique, Adriano Afonso Maleiane (Maputo, 25. 01. 2023)

Furthermore, Greece is an important contributor to the European effort to support the Mozambique Armed Forces in the framework of the EU Training Objective. And, also, Greece supports the common effort made by the particular EU in Mozambique in order to, really, restore peace and stability in Cabo Delgado. Portugal has a long and highly valued partnership with countries of the African continent. We are looking towards dealing with the many challenges, for example climate change, aggression, terrorism, together. Africa is a very important continent for us.   Furthermore, I would like to congratulate a person on your current membership of the UN Security Council for that period 2023-24. I’d say that we highly appreciate, furthermore, the commitment of Mozambique to support our candidacy for the UN Security Council for the period 2025-26. From our part, we were highly supportive of your candidacy for the UN Safety Council for which we are therefore happy that you were elected. And I have to say that I was very honoured to be received by the Prime Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) and also initiate close contacts between my Government, the Government of Prime Minister Mitsotakis, and the Government of Mozambique. The 2nd one has to do with the future. Greece is here not just to do a small donation, a symbolic donation today. What we are trying to do is to facilitate the Ancient greek and the European presence in the future of Mozambique, and to take part also in creating a success case for Mozambique in the future. So , what we are trying to the actual next days is to attempt to create a forum for Greek enterprises to come and see the way they could be a part of Mozambique’s economic future by investing in Mozambique. Plus, generally, to facilitate the relation between Mozambique and the European Union. Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statements following his meeting with Prime Minister of Mozambique, Adriano Afonso Maleiane (Maputo, 25.01.2023) It is the first visit of a Greek Foreign Minister within Mozambique. And I would like to make use of this opportunity to say how content and proud I am to be here today and initiate the dialogue between the two countries. The signing today of the Memorandum upon Political Consultations is an important phase towards deepening our relations.   Ν. ΔΕΝΔΙΑΣ: To begin with, the Memorandum on Political Consultations is the framework, it structures the cooperation between your two Governments. It provides committees on high level between the Governments and also of middle level so that we have to create a common ground of understanding of the challenges we are facing. This is basic in the relation between two countries. If this Memorandum has not existed, then there is no structure for the exchange associated with discussions. ΔΗΜΟΣΙΟΓΡΑΦΟΣ: Τι σημαίνει ακριβώς αυτό το Μνημόνιο Κατανόησης και τι άλλο μπορούμε να περιμένουμε από την Ελλάδα ως νέες δραστηριότητες που μπορούν να έρθουν μέσω του Μνημονίου ξεχωριστά. Also, we are happy that Mozambique has ratified UNCLOS, the International Convention on the Law of the Ocean, and is a member of the club of Friends of UNCLOS. I actually very much hope that this check out will be the opening phase of close contacts between our Governments and our individuals. We now have made, also, a gift in order to facilitate vocational training of the young generation in Cabo Delgado. Thank you. We will be very happy in order to cooperate more with Mozambique on energy matters, shipping, water management and, also, we will try to facilitate Ancient greek investments in Mozambique.

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