MAPUTO– Mozambique and Russia have expressed a desire to revive the historic links between the two countries.
According to a media statement issued by the Mozambican Defence Ministry here Monday, the desire was expressed during the visit which Defence Minister Atanasio M’tumuke made to Russia last week.
During the visit, M’tumuke and his Russian counterpart, General Sergey Shoygu, signed an agreement on naval co-operation. M’tumuke also attended the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security.
The Mozambican Minister also met with Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexandre Fomim to discuss strategies for training Mozambican military officers in Russia.
During the meetings, the Mozambican delegation re-affirmed the excellent links of friendship, solidarity and co-operation between the two countries, and thanked the Russian people and leaders for the solidarity shown during Mozambique’s struggle for independence, and the consequent consolidation of the country’s sovereignty.
In fact, those historic relations were not with the Russian Federation, but with the Soviet Union, which was an important supplier of military assistance to the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) during the war for independence, and later to the Mozambican State in the war of destabilisation waged by the Rhodesian and apartheid white minority regimes.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK