Samia meets with Mozambique’s Madame Speaker to ratify accords

23Sep 2022
By Guardian Reporter
Maputo
The Guardian
Samia meets with Mozambique’s Madame Speaker to ratify accords

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday held extended discussions with Esperança Bias, Speaker of the Mozambican parliament and highest lady in state functions.

A State House statement circulated yesterday said that the two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two legislatures to speed up endorsements of accords reached between the two sides to speed up development.

The president said after the meeting that their discussions centred on how the two legislatures can work together, as part of President Samia’s three-day state visit to Mozambique.

Observers say the visit highlights the wish to strengthen historical ties of brotherhood and solidarity, intensifying cooperation in defence and security, along with strengthening commercial interactions.

“We are delighted to be invited to visit the Parliament in Mozambique. I have met my sister Madam Speaker and we had a very fruitful discussion to strengthen cooperation between the two Parliaments,” the president declared.

Legislative cooperation is a matter of paramount importance for the ratification of contracts, memoranda of understanding (MoU) and approving national budgets, she stated.

On Wednesday, Tanzania and Mozambique agreed to team up in combating terrorism threats in border areas, with presidents Samia and Filipe Nyusi pledging to cement bilateral ties.

The two heads of state reviewed the political, economic and social situation in the two countries, exchanging views on issues of common interest within Southern Africa, Africa and the world.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral accords on security and defence on one part and another in search and rescue operations, all of which may have to be tabled in the legislature for intense scrutiny of their provisions.

The presidents agreed on Tanzanian teachers to give courses on the Swahili language in Mozambique, to make the language more commonplace in education and eventually in other institutions.

There are various sections of Mozambican people who wish they were able to speak the language. This accord will also facilitate the exchange of university students, and also propel investments in the gas and mining sectors.

The two leaders further agreed that exchange of students in higher education was vital to enable young people to live together and reflect the partnership spirit to achieve success.

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