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Indian warship Trikand visits Maputo, Mozambique
 
Indian warship Trikand visits Maputo, Mozambique

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Mozambique and of Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian Naval Ship Trikand arrived at Maputo on a three-day visit on September 17. This was as a part of deployment of the Western Fleet to the countries on the East Coast of Africa and island nations in the Western Indian Ocean. The ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command and is on a two-month deployment to the Western Indian Ocean, along with Indian Naval ships Kolkata and Aditya.

The visit was aimed at enhancing bilateral ties, strengthening the existing bonds of friendship and reinforcing cooperation in maritime security between India and Mozambique.

Maritime links between India and Mozambique date back several centuries. The large Indian diaspora present in Mozambique has contributed actively in promoting our shared socio-cultural heritage and common values. The recently concluded visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi further strengthened the strong relationship between the two countries. Bilateral trade has also grown steadily in different sectors, including precious and semi-precious stones, agricultural products, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, textiles, steel, sugar and cement. The growing defence cooperation between the two countries is evident by the increasing frequency of port visits by naval ships. The last such visit by Indian Navy ship to Mozambique was on 17 November 2014 when Indian Naval Ship Teg visited Nacala. The current visit seeks to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and Mozambique and underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries of the region.

 
 


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