India and Mozambique have agreed to work together on the issue of maritime secÂurity so as to make Indian Ocean a safe region for mariÂtime trade. This was agreed to during the delegation level talÂks 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 shipÂping vessel from pirates off the Mozambican coast last year. The issue of piracy off the East Coast of Africa prominently figÂured 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 scÂope of the MoU covers all the three services, envisaging coopÂeration in the field of military technical cooperation, logistic support and training.
It also deals with joint activities inclÂude maritime patrolling of the Mozambican coast, mutual traiÂning in miliÂtary institutes, supÂply of defÂence equipment/serÂvices and estaÂblishment of parÂtnership and transfer of knoÂwhow and techÂnology for asseÂmbling and repÂair of vehicles, aircraft and ships as well as rehabilitation of military infrastructure.