Zim and Mozambique looking at new areas of cooperation: Minister Shava

By Oleen Ndori
THE just ended three-day state visit to Mozambique by President Emmerson Mnangagwa which saw the elevation of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation into a Bi-National Commission also witnessed the signing of four agreements in various sectors.
The first ever state visit to Mozambique by President Emmerson Mnangagwa since coming into office sought to find ways to deepen existing relations between the two sister republics.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Fredrick Shava says the visit afforded the two leaders an opportunity to discuss existing areas of cooperation and also looking into new interests in different fields.
“Let me state that Zimbabwe and Mozambique enjoy excellent relations which were forged during the liberation war to free our two countries from shackles of colonialism. Since our independence our two governments have been working closely to strengthen and broaden these relations especially in the economic sphere for the benefit of the two peoples,” said Minister Shava.
He added that the two leaders pledged to work together in the promotion of peace and stability, particularly in the events surrounding Cabo Delgado.
“The two presidents committed to continue working together to safeguard security and stability in our two countries and the region. In that regard they welcomed the deployment of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) to combat terrorism in the Cabo Delgado Province. They acknowledged that a threat to Mozambique is a threat to all countries in the region. President Mnangagwa expressed his appreciation to President Nyusi and the Government and People of Mozambique for the continued support and solidarity with Zimbabwe in the call for the removal of sanctions that were imposed on Zimbabwe by some Western countries over Zimbabwe’s land reform programme,” said Minister Shava
Mozambique will hold the inaugural session of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Bi-National Commission later this year.