On Wednesday 7 February, Ms. Macamo Delhovo Verónica Nataniel, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique, who was in Japan at the invitation of the House of Councillors of Japan, also visited the House of Representatives with her delegation and met with Mr. Tadamori Oshima, Speaker; Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice-Speaker; and Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules and Administration.
The Speaker began by welcoming the delegation to Japan. He said that it was very important for Japan to strengthen its relationship with Mozambique, which was the gateway to southeastern Africa, to bring about an open and free Indo-Pacific, and that he hoped to further deepen the cooperation between Asia and Africa. He added that he had been glad to see the great advancement of their bilateral relationship, demonstrated by the visit to Japan by H.E. Mr. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, Mozambican President, in 2017, marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between their countries.
In reply, the Assembly President thanked the Speaker for his welcome and expressed her gratitude for Japan's long years of contribution to her country. In addition, she said that she would make efforts for the eradication of poverty which was the greatest challenge in Mozambique.
They also talked about other subjects including the development of the Nacala Corridor supported by the Japanese Government, and women's empowerment in Mozambique.