India and Mozambique Sign Bilateral Security Agreement

India and Mozambique have signed an Agreement on Security Co-operation between the two countries. The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Mullappally Ramachandran signed the Agreement with Mr. Jose Mandra, Minister of Interior, Govt of Mozambique at Maputo, Mozambique on 14JUL12.

Earlier, he called on the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, Henrique Banze. The two leaders also discussed cooperation between the two countries and to develop these relations further in various fields for mutual benefit of the two countries.

The Minister also interacted with the Indian Diaspora in Mozambique at the reception held by the High Commissioner of India to Mozambique Dr. Ashok K. Amrohi last evening.

Shri Mullappally Ramachandran is on a three day visit to Mozambique.

India is Mozambique’s fourth largest trading partner after the Netherlands, South Africa, and China.

According to some estimates, there are about 25,000 people of Indian origin who have  been living in Mozambique for generations. However, according to India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are approximately 1,500 persons of Indian nationality and about 20,000 persons of Indian origin, holding Mozambican and Portuguese nationalities. A good number of the persons of Indian origin are reportedly engaged in  wholesale and retail trade, hailing originally from Gujarat, Goa, Daman and Diu. Some of the big business houses and multinational companies have engaged professional Indian expatriates/NRIs at senior management levels.

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