Mozambique, Zimbabwe pledge stronger ties

By Rueben Barwe, Chief Correspondent

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to deepen cooperation between the their neighbourly countries to foster economic development.

Speaking at the flagging event of four diesel locomotives and 150 wagons worth US$95 million, received from India, President Nyusi praised his Zimbabwean counterpart saying Zimbabwe has been a reliable friend for years, with the visit demonstrating the warm relations between the two neighbours.

“With regards to Zimbabwe, in addition to the construction of the Machipanda, which is underway, the Beira Corridor now has another dimension in terms of the road and pipeline and other infrastructures, in addition to powerlines, where our countries have been playing a pivotal role in the region,” President Nyusi said.

President Mnangagwa said as the economies of the Southern African countries grow, it was important to have a futuristic view of how the neighbours will continue to cooperate in development.

“We have a direct interest as to how we can cooperate and come on board in relation to developing those areas,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has since returned home.