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V K Singh calls on Mozambique Prez; holds bilateral talks

Press Trust of India  |  Johannesburg 

of State for External Affairs V K Singh has called on and held wide-ranging talks to improve bilateral ties.

During his meeting with Nyusi, Singh -- whose two-day official visit to the east African country concluded yesterday -- congratulated him for his recent success in opening the way for political reconciliation in

This was the first incoming visit in by a from a foreign country this year, according to a statement issued by the

Both the countries reviewed the defence cooperation and agreed to accelerate the initiatives discussed earlier, with special emphasis on maritime security, it said.

He also held meetings with of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Pacheco; Minister for and Mineral Resources Dr Ernesto Max Tonela; and Trade Dr Ragendra de Sousa; and

Singh said he looked forward to welcoming Nyusi for the ISA's first founding summit in on March 11.

The Framework Agreement for Mozambique's accession to the (ISA) was signed by Tonela.

The ISA is an international inter-governmental alliance of 121 solar resource rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics of and Capricorn.

Mozambique sought Indian support for further expanding the solar-cell assembly plant built through Indian assistance.

Both the countries agreed for faster developments of Indian investments in coal and

Mozambique hailed for agreeing to the request to defer repayments of India's past concessional lines of credit, in view of the present budgetary difficulties of Mozambique.

The east African country invited Indian investment in agriculture, energy, infrastructure and tourism.

Singh suggested establishment of direct business links between Mozambique and in the gems and jewellery sector, given Mozambique's increasing production of precious stones and India's expertise in cutting and polishing of stones.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 21:55 IST