The plane where Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was traveling arrived in the Mozambican capital at 7:25 am (two hours more than in Lisbon), and today the head of state has the day dedicated to a private program.
The President of the Republic was received with military honors by the Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Pacheco.
On arrival, Marcelo highlighted “the unique brotherhood ties with Mozambique” and underlined that the Portuguese President is the only head of state of the EU member countries to attend Nyusi’s inauguration.
On Tuesday, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be in Maputo to visit the Portuguese School of Maputo. At the end of the day is still in the Mozambican capital with members of the Portuguese community. Between 23 and 265 thousand Portuguese live in Mozambique.
Wednesday’s program is filled with the inauguration of Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, for which several heads of state are expected, with a bilateral meeting between Marcelo and Nyusi in the afternoon.
Nyusi, president of the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) was reelected on the first round in the general elections held on October 15, gathering 73 percent of the vote. Opposition parties, the Mozambican National Resistance (renamo) and the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), contested the official results.
Already on Thursday, the President travels to the city of Beira. He is expected to visit the Consulate General of Portugal and Beira Central Hospital, which was razed by cyclone Idai last March.
Cyclone Idai has killed more than 600 people and destroyed various infrastructures in the city and the central region itself.also harming the Portuguese community in this area of about 2,500 people.
On Friday, back in Maputo, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will meet with the Technical-Military Cooperation team.
This week, the President’s busy agenda will feature “meetings with representatives of Mozambican political parties with parliamentary seat, with political personalities, from the cultural world and representatives of the main religious communities.”
On Saturday morning, the President of the Republic returns to Portugal on a commercial flight.