Nikolai Fedorov: Mozambique is a promising partner in Africa for Russia

The Federation Council welcomed a parliamentary delegation from the Republic of Mozambique

First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Nikolai Fedorov met with a parliamentary delegation from the Republic of Mozambique led by First Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique and Head of the Assembly’s Administrative Council Antonio Jose Amelia.

Mr Fedorov noted that Russia sees Mozambique as a promising partner in Africa and is interested in enhancing cooperation with it in the international arena and developing mutually beneficial ties in trade and the economy and other areas.

“We highly value the efforts of Mozambique’s leaders to establish durable civil peace in the country and hope that the general elections scheduled for October 2019 will promote further domestic political stabilisation in the country,” Mr Fedorov emphasised.

He noted that the Russia-Mozambique political dialogue is developing in the spirit of mutual respect and with due consideration for each other’s interests. It rests on the durable traditions of friendship and solidarity. The Russian senator pointed to the high level of mutual understanding and coordination between Russia and Mozambique in world affairs. “Our approaches to the majority of global and regional issues are close or identical,” he said.

Mr Fedorov thanked his Mozambican partners for supporting Russian initiatives in international organisations. This applies to the draft resolutions of the 73rd UN General Assembly to maintain the INF Treaty, prevent militarisation in outer space and counter the glorification of Nazism, as well as Russia’s position on the unacceptability of expanding the authority of the OPCW Technical Secretariat at the conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Antonio Jose Amelia thanked the Russian MPs for a warm reception and the opportunity to discuss major issues of bilateral cooperation and international issues. “It is a great honour for us to know that we can rely on Russia’s support. Peace for our country is our priority. We MPs must do all we can to preserve it,” he emphasised.

The discussion was focused on the prospects for promoting trade, economic and inter-parliamentary cooperation and developing humanitarian ties. Representatives of the Mozambican delegation displayed much interest in the organisation of the Federation Council and the cooperation of the chamber of the regions with the State Duma.

Special emphasis was laid on the need to increase the quota for the education of Mozambican students at Russian universities. Both parties believe this will enhance cultural cooperation and intensify bilateral economic ties. “Education is an intransient value. The MPs of the two countries should stand guard of these eternal values that unite our peoples,” Mr Fedorov said.

Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on the House Rules and Parliamentary Governance Sergei Mamedov and committee members Eduard Isakov, Viktor Ozerov and Murat Khapsirokov also met with the Mozambican delegation today. Mr Mamedov noted that the protocol on the development of inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Federation Council and the Assembly of Mozambique that was signed in February 2016 is a good foundation for cooperation.

Members of the Federation Council committee shared with their Mozambican colleagues the experience of drafting regulations for the upper chamber of the Russian parliament and monitoring adherence to them.

The meeting with the parliamentary delegation from Mozambique was also attended by First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov and members of the group on cooperation with Asian and African MPs – First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy Sergei Kalashnikov and Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture Igor Morozov.