Indian PM Modi Looks to Strengthen Ties With Timor-Leste and Mozambique

India´s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Gujarat with Presidents Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste, aiming to boost ties with both Portuguese-speaking countries.

The encounter with Nyusi (pictured above) held added significance due to the Mozambican President’s previous association with the state, where he pursued studies at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, local media reported.

In a post on X, Modi, stated “Glad to have met President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique in Gujarat. The meeting was made special by the fact that he has an old association with the state, having studied a course at @IIMAhmedabad. Our talks focused on defence, trade, energy, cultural linkages, and more.”

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The visit coincides with PM Modi’s two-day trip to inaugurate the 10th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 at Gujarat’s Mahatma Mandir.

Modi also engaged in a “fruitful meeting” with President Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. The Office of the Prime Minister of India shared insights on X, stating, “Deepening the bond between Delhi and Dili! PM @narendramodi and President @JoseRamosHorta1 of Timor-Leste had a fruitful meeting in Gandhinagar. Bilateral cooperation in a range of areas, including development partnerships in energy, IT, FinTech, health, and capacity building, was discussed.”

PM Modi highlighted the special nature of his meeting with Jose Ramos-Horta at Mahatma Mandir, emphasizing Mahatma Gandhi’s profound influence on Horta’s life and work.

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During the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended congratulations to President Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste for the country’s imminent membership in ASEAN, as stated by Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal.

PM Modi further extended an invitation for Timor-Leste to join the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

The meeting, attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, highlighted the depth of bilateral cooperation across diverse sectors.


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