President Filipe Nyusi Is On Red Carpet In China Whilst Cyclone Kenneth Hitting Mozambique
PRESIDENT Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique was dining with Chinese President Xi Jinping last night at the Great Hall of the People in China, as tropical cyclone Kenneth was hitting impoverished villagers in northern Mozambique who only a month ago were hit by cyclone Idai.
President Nyusi is in China to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for April 25 to 27.
In this forum, leaders of various countries will discuss issues of common interest such as the alignment of development policies, infrastructure connectivity and sustainable development under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits to make greater contributions to promoting the development of the world economy and advancing international economic cooperation.
Mozambique is an important stop on the ancient Maritime Silk Road and it has actively participated in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative in recent years.
The two sides have reached an agreement on jointly promoting the cooperation plan of the Belt and Road Initiative and will always remain committed to improving quality and efficiency of mutually beneficial cooperation while enhancing people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation so as to continuously inherit and carry forward the traditional friendship of “comrades + brothers” between China and Mozambique.
Filipe Jacinto Nyusi thanked the Chinese side for promptly assisting Mozambique in responding to tropical cyclone disasters. The joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative is conducive to the global economic growth and a balanced development, and is very important for Mozambique and Africa.
Mozambique congratulates the People’s Republic of China on its 70th anniversary and is willing to deepen its strategic partnership with the Chinese side, strengthen cooperation in a wide range of fields, and carry out experience exchanges in state governance and administration. The Mozambican side is willing to play an active role in joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative in the African sub-region.
After the meeting, the two heads of state jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents such as the cooperation plan of the construction of Belt and Road Initiative.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended the meeting.
Forecasters warn it is likely to be slow-moving, meaning heavy rain is expected to fall on the area for several days. The UN says over 600mm (23.6 inches) of rain may come – nearly double the 10-day accumulated rainfall that caused flooding in the port city of Beira, further south, during Cyclone Idai.
Forecasters at Meteo-France warned that Kenneth could trigger waves up five metres (16 feet) higher than usual off the country’s northeastern shores.
“I was quite preoccupied by the sea… the wind was very strong, and I’ve never seen anything like it in my 15 years in Pemba,” a Portuguese owner of a lodge on Wimby beach, Anabela Moreira, told AFP.
The UN’s World Food Programme said it was working on an “emergency preparedness plan” with the Mozambican government and other humanitarian groups.
The Mozambican leader also met Chinese top legislator Li Zhanshu on Wednesday.
Referring to the Belt and Road Initiative as an open platform to promote cooperation on equal footings to achieve win-win outcomes, Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), welcomed Nyusi to attend the forum.
Li also pledged to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative institutions, with joint efforts from the NPC and the Mozambican parliament, so as to deepen friendship between the two peoples.
For his part, Nyusi said Mozambique is willing to work with China to jointly advance the Belt and Road construction, giving full play to its advantages in geography and resources, so as to share fruitful development outcomes. — Source: Xinhua/Chinese Foreign Ministry