India, Mozambique to strengthen cooperation

India and Mozambique on Saturday decided to work together on issues relating to tackling the Ebola virus, which has reportedly killed over 1,300 in West Africa and played havoc with their economies, and gain through each other's experience in this regard.

PTI| Updated: Nov 29, 2014, 22:27 PM IST

New Delhi: India and Mozambique on Saturday decided to work together on issues relating to tackling the Ebola virus, which has reportedly killed over 1,300 in West Africa and played havoc with their economies, and gain through each other's experience in this regard.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Mozambican counterpart Oldemiro Baloi held comprehensive talks during which they reviewed all aspects of bilateral cooperation between India and Mozambique, which was amongst the largest recipient of Indian Lines of Credit in Africa of more than USD 600 million.

Bilateral trade between India and Mozambique is USD 1.5 billion and the two leaders agreed that there was greater scope for economic cooperation between the two countries, including enhancing Indian investments in that country. India is amongst the top five trade partners of Mozambique

There are prospects of enhanced cooperation in the areas of upstream and downstream in the oil and gas sector, the External Affairs Ministry said here.

"The two Ministers also decided to work together on issues relating to tackling the Ebola virus and gain through each other's experience in this regard," it added.

The two leaders also discussed the issue of terrorism in the back drop of increasing activities of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.