Mozambique’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Filipe Chidumo, on Thursday presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.
Speaking shortly afterwards at a Vin d’Honneur, the Queen’s representative, the Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Julian Evans, pledged that Britain has the “sincere wish to continue to foster the relationship between our two countries”. He also commented on the closeness between the two Commonwealth nations.
In reply, Chidumo noted that Britain was one of the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with Mozambique after independence in 1975.
He added that over the last forty years the relationship has “evolved quite remarkably” and that a testimony to the progress is the development of the “High Level Partnership for Prosperity” which has the objective of promoting improved economic development in Mozambique through improved bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.
Chidumo said that an additional challenge has emerged of “how to create an enabling environment for more young Mozambicans to have the chance to study in Britain, particularly in undergraduate programmes in areas where differences can be made”.
The High Commissioner also welcomed the appointment by the British government of Richard Benyon MP as the trade envoy for Mozambique.