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Medicine in return for dal: PM to Mozambique

As part of its efforts to tide over the tur dal and essential commodities crisis, India on Thursday signed a significant “long term” agreement with Mozambique under which India will buy pulses from that country.

Medicine in return for dal: PM to Mozambique
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi in Maputo


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who signed the deal, in a gesture of reciprocation said India would donate essential medicines, including those for treating AIDS, to Mozambique as part of efforts to strengthen the public health system of the African nation. 

After wide-ranging talks with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, Modi said India would also help build capacities of Mozambique’s security forces. “We want development and economic progress to benefit the people. We also want safety and security of our people,” he said at a joint media interaction with Nyusi after the talks during which the two leaders discussed ways to enhance trade and investment and step up cooperation in other fields. 

Modi talked about the “emerging security challenges”, including in the maritime areas, and said the two countries will step up security and defence cooperation.

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