Maputo — Malawian President Joyce Banda said in Maputo on Saturday that she hopes her state visit to Mozambique will improve relations between the two countries.
Speaking at the opening of talks between delegations of the two countries, headed by Banda and by her host, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, she expressed her intention of working "side by side" with Guebuza, as brother and sister.
This is the first state visit Banda has made since taking office in April, following the death of her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika,
"As a president who has just taken office, I depend greatly on your advice", she told Guebuza.
For his part, Guebuza expressed a desire to unblock the obstacles that have hindered the advance of cooperation between the two countries.
"We shall identify the bottlenecks that are preventing or making difficult what has already been agreed between our two countries", he said. "Where necessary we shall make the due interventions to unblock problems".
He added that the two delegations will identify new areas of cooperation, in the perspective of moving forward together towards the progress of both peoples.
"I want to assure you that the Mozambican delegation is open to analyzing all proposals put on the negotiating table, because we are guided by the supreme interest of doing our part to strengthen the pillars of the bridge through which flows the friendship, solidarity and cooperation between our two countries", said Guebuza.
During her two day visit, Banda will also meet with the Malawian community resident in Mozambique, and visit the port of Beira, which is one of the outlets to the sea for Malawian trade.