Mozambique and Saudi Arabia will cooperate and exchange experiences in agriculture, following the signing last week, in Riyadh, of a memorandum of understanding between the agriculture ministries of the two countries.
The ceremony was witnessed by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi who on Friday began a three day working visit to Saudi Arabia, at the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
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On Saturday, Nyusi also met with a representative of the Islamic Community in Mozambique, who plans to visit on Sunday Mecca and Medina, the holiest sites in the Islamic religion.
The President called for prayers for the health and welfare of Mozambicans and of the entire world, as well as for the development of the country.
Cited by Radio Mozambique, Nyusi also urged his audience to pray “for peace and tranquility”.
He described the moment as sacred, stressing the approach of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, due to begin on 22 March.
“This is a good moment for us to prove once again that we are a lay state, but that we also respect religions”, said Nyusi. He believed that religions “contribute to the training of young people, and to morals and ethics”.
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Nyusi’s visit seeks to assess the stage of bilateral cooperation between Mozambique and Saudi Arabia, particularly in agriculture, infrastructures, tourism, mineral resources and energy.