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Cooperazione Politica

 

Cooperazione Politica

 

Political Relations

The political relations between Italy and Mozambique are based on a solid and deep friendship, which began even before independence in the seventies and have been significantly strengthened with the role of mediator played by Italy during the negotiations that ended with the signing of ' Peace Agreement in Rome on 4 October 1992, which ended 16 years of civil war that devastated the country. In addition, it must be remembered the numerous interventions by the Italian Development Cooperation over the last 30 years, for which the Mozambican authorities are sincerely grateful and that helped make Italy a leading partner of Mozambique. The relationships existing at the level of local governments and civil society organizations are also intense.

At this stage, despite the known budgetary constraints, Italy keeps being a leading partner both in terms of development cooperation and in other important areas of bilateral relations as the economic, commercial and cultural. A special mention goes to the Italian participation in the program Budget Support. Italy, as a member of the G-19 (the group that brings together the major donors of which, from May of this year, it will take over the Presidency), participates actively in the dialogue between the Government and donors to define the strategic lines of economic and fiscal policy of the country, with the aim of ensuring sustainable development and poverty reduction in Mozambique.

In recent years, thanks to the support policy adopted by the Embassy and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also the economic and trade relations have improved markedly, amplified by the recent discovery by ENI of large deposits of natural gas in the basin of the Rovuma River, in the north of Mozambique.

In 2012, the year of the 20th anniversary of the Peace Agreement, the depth and strength of relations between Italy and Mozambique were confirmed by a visit to Maputo by The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Giulio Terzi (3-4 May 2012 ) and the visit to Rome by the Foreign Affairs Minister of Mozambique, Mr. Oldermiro Baloi in October. During these meetings, Minister Terzi conveyed a message of support and strong partnership that has been highly appreciated by his Mozambican counterpart.

At the multilateral level, Italy and Mozambique maintain a constructive dialogue in all major international forums and on the Italian side there is appreciation for the progress made by Mozambique on the issues of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

 

 


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