Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi left Maputo on Monday to begin a two-day visit to Botswana at the invitation of his counterpart Ian Khama.According to a presidential statement on Monday, the visit is part of efforts to deepen “relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two peoples and governments.”
“In Botswana, the Head of State will hold official talks with his Tswana counterpart, open the Mozambique-Botswana Business Forum, meet with the Mozambican community residing in that country and visit the enterprises of economic and social interest,” read the statement.
Nyusi is accompanied by Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Oldemiro Baloi, Industry and Commerce Minister Ernesto Max Tonela, Culture and Tourism Minister Silva Armando Dunduro, and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Letícia Klemens.
Vice Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Luísa Meque is also part of the delegation.
Other members of the delegation include Mozambique’s high commissioner to Botswana, Domingos Fernandes as well as representatives of parliament and other state institutions.
Mozambique and Botswana are both members of the Southern African Development Community.
President Khama made a state visit to Mozambique in May 2016, during which the two countries signed an agreement on geology and mining that will give Mozambican access to Botswana’s expertise in those areas.
Botswana is also interested in exporting coal along a new railway line to the Mozambican coast where a deep-water port would be built at Ponto Techobanine.