Dar es Salaam — The candidate of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party for the 15 October presidential elections, former defence minister Filipe Nyusi, on Wednesday spoke of his desire to see relations with Tanzania reach new levels, particularly in the economic sphere.
Nyusi was speaking on the first day of his working visit to Tanzania, where he will inform business leaders about the advantages of investing in Mozambique.
During a dinner hosted by Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe, Nyussi explained “our main focus will be economic relations because we have very good political and historic ties”.
On his arrival in the country, Nyusi told AIM that his first visit abroad since he was elected as Frelimo's presidential candidate had to be Tanzania as not only was it one of the biggest supporters of the liberation war in Mozambique, it was in fact the birthplace of Frelimo.
Shortly after his arrival, Nyusi met with Maria Nyerere, the widow of Tanzania's first president, Julius Nyerere.
Later today he will meet with the leadership of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the ruling party of Tanzania. He will then travel to the northern coastal city of Tanga where he will meet with President Jakaya Kikwete.
On Friday, the Frelimo candidate will address a gathering of some of the estimated twelve thousand Mozambicans living in Tanzania.
During his visit, Nyusi is accompanied by Filipe Paunde, Oscar Monteiro and Samora Machel Junior (Samito).