New Delhi. 30 July 2019. Defence Minister  Rajnath Singh  gifted 44 SUVs to the Minister of Interior Mozambique. The SUVs are expected to boost safety and security of the Mozambican police forces. During the handing over ceremony, Jaime Basilio Monteiro expressed gratitude towards India’s grant assistance to National Criminal Investigation Agency.

Yesterday, the Minister called on  Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, the Prime Minister of Mozambique. During the talks, the Prime Minister of Mozambique thanked India for timely and valuable assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone IDAI, underlining that India was the first responder in the hour of crisis.

Rajnath Singh also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Jose Pacheco, who warmly recalled his visit to India last year for 4thJoint Commission Meeting and expressed satisfaction at the enhanced political engagement between India and Mozambique.

Mozambique has sought co-operation from India to deal with the growing menace of terrorism and radicalisation. Rajnath Singh assured co-operation and reiterated commitment to work together in this regard.

The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh hand over the two India-made Fast Interceptor Boats to Mozambique, in Maputo on July 29, 2019.

During his meetings with the leaders of Mozambique, Raksha Mantri discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and noted the excellent Government-to-Government ties, strong business exchanges, vibrant development partnership, and long-standing people-to-people links between the two countries.

Shri Rajnath Singh is accompanied by a high-level delegation including Defence Secretary, DG, Coast Guards and senior officials of Ministries of Defence and External Affairs.

The Raksha Mantri will return to India tonight after concluding his fruitful visit to Mozambique from July 28-30, 2019.

India shares close, warm and friendly relations with Mozambique which is cemented by robust development partnership and a large presence of the Indian Diaspora. The visit of RM is expected to further strengthen relations with Mozambique.