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Norwegian PM promises reinforcement in support of Mozambique

The Norwegian prime minister today expressed the openness of her country to strengthen support for Mozambique and the peace process, with the management of public funds and the fight against corruption equally among the top priorities.

Erna Solberg, quoted today by the Mozambican Information Agency (AIM), said the two states will strengthen bilateral cooperation and that Norway will continue to monitor peace negotiations between the Mozambican Government and the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), a main opposition party.

The governor spoke during the second day of the state visit that the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, made from Tuesday to the Nordic country.

Support for areas vital to the Mozambican economy is also among the priorities in helping Mozambique, Erna Solberg added.

On the second day of the visit, the Mozambican President held official talks with the Norwegian prime minister.

In a press conference, the Mozambican head of state pointed to the Nordic country’s experience in the management of public funds and in the fight against corruption as the main interests of Mozambique.

“Relations between Mozambique and Norway are at their highest,” Nyusi said.

Between 2015 and 2016, Norway’s support to Mozambique reached USD 80 million (EUR 70 million), according to data released by AIM.

Nyusi’s visit comes at the invitation of Erna Solberg, at a time when the two countries have intense relations in various fields.

Norway participates in a group of nine international officers who are providing technical support and advice on the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in civil society of the armed forces of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the main opposition party.

On the economic front, the Government of Mozambique and the Norwegian company Yara International signed in July 2017 in Maputo a memorandum of understanding for the production of fertilizers from natural gas to be extracted within four to five years from the Rovuma basin, north from the country.

During this visit, Filipe Nyusi will also meet separately with the Crown Prince and the President of the Norwegian Parliament.

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