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Gen. Salim Saleh shares a light moment with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi (C) of Mozambique as President Museveni (L) looks on at the President's Office in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday May 17, 2018. PPU Photo

PICTURES: Museveni Begins 3-Day State Visit to Mozambique

On arrival at Maputo International Airport this afternoon, President Museveni was received by the Mozambique Foreign Affairs Minister, Jose Pacheco, the Agriculture Minister, Higini Marrule and a host of other senior government officials.
posted onMay 17, 2018
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By Kampala Post Reporter

MAPUTO. President Museveni has arrived in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, for a three-day state visit on the invitation of his counterpart, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.

On arrival at Maputo International Airport this afternoon, President Museveni was received by the Mozambique Foreign Affairs Minister, Jose Pacheco, the Agriculture Minister, Higini Marrule and a host of other senior government officials.

The President was given a red carpet reception and inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Mozambique Armed Forces. He was also treated to entertainment by several cultural troupes.

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President Museveni pays respect to the Mozambique national flags on his arrival at Maputo International Airport on Thursday May 17, 2018. PPU Photo

From the airport, President Museveni's entourage moved to the Presidency where he was received by his host, President Nyusi and also treated to a 21-gun salute before both leaders led their delegations into bilateral discussions.

READ MORE: Mozambique President Wants Closer Cooperation with Uganda

After the talks, Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Sam Kutesa and Mr. Pacheco signed a general cooperation agreement which will see both countries cooperate in areas of defence, tourism, diplomacy and trade. Both Presidents witnessed the signing.

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President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique receives President  Museveni at the President's Office in Maputo, Mozambique on  Thursday May 17, 2018. PPU Photo

A Joint Ministerial Commission will meet in Kampala in August this year to concretize this agreement.

Currently, Uganda exports goods and services to Mozambique worth $154,000 while Mozambique's exports to Uganda stand at $5.12 million. These are mainly sea food, cashew nuts, sugar and coal. Uganda has export potential in areas of maize, beans, timber, fruits, beef, and coffee.

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President Yoweri Museveni accompanied by his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Jacinto Nyusi inspects a guard of honour on his arrival at the President's Offices in Maputo,  Mozambique on Thursday May 17, 2018. PPU 

President Museveni is set to address the Maputo Municipal Council later this evening where he is slated to be accorded the highest recognition.

Tomorrow, Friday, President Museveni will visit the Mozambique National Assembly, visit the Heroes’ Memorial Square, as well as the military club where he will meet former leaders of the Mozambique liberation struggle.

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President Museveni inspects a guard of honour on his arrival at Maputo International Airport. May 17, 2018.(R) is Mozambique's Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Pacheco. PPU Photo

Later, President Museveni will visit Pemba City in the province of Cabo Delgado and Montepuez Barracks where fighters of the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) that he led in the 1970s, underwent their first military training.

The President will be accompanied by three of the remaining survivors from the group of 28 freedom fighters he led to Mozambique. They are Gen Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh, Lt Gen Ivan Koreta and Col Bosco Omule.

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President Museveni receives a banquent of flowers from 9 year old Helena Martins on his arrival at Maputo International Airport. May 17, 2018. PPU Photo

The rest of the Ugandan delegation includes Minister Kutesa, Col Bright Rwamirama, the Veteran Affairs Minister, Maj Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso, the Senior Presidential Adviser on Security and Ambassador Richard Kabonero.

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