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India, Mozambique to cooperate on maritime security

India, Mozambique to cooperate on maritime security

India and Mozambique have agreed to work together on the issue of maritime sec­urity so as to make Indian Ocean a safe region for mari­time trade. This was agreed to during the delegation level tal­ks between the visiting Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyussi and Defence Minister AK Antony. Nyussi thanked India for the help rendered by Indian Navy in the rescue of a Mozambican ship­ping vessel from pirates off the Mozambican coast last year. The issue of piracy off the East Coast of Africa prominently fig­ured during talks between the two leaders.

In March, 2006 the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation. Subsequently, two meetings of the Joint Defence Working Group were held in 2008 and 2010. The sc­ope of the MoU covers all the three services, envisaging coop­eration in the field of military technical cooperation, logistic support and training.

It also deals with joint activities incl­ude maritime patrolling of the Mozambican coast, mutual trai­ning in mili­tary institutes, sup­ply of def­ence equipment/ser­vices and esta­blishment of par­tnership and transfer of kno­whow and tech­nology for asse­mbling and rep­air of vehicles, aircraft and ships as well as rehabilitation of military infrastructure.

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