Speaking at a press conference marking the end of a four day visit to Mozambique, Ribeiro said there was no shortage of mechanisms to overcome the climate of tension.
â€œWe are watching closely what is happening , and we have the strong conviction that the mechanism to overcome the current difficulty will be found by the Mozambicans themselvesâ€, she added.
Ribeiro said that Portugal is satisfied with the current stage of Mozambican democracy. â€œWe have seen that Mozambique now has a consolidated democracy, a mature democracy, and this pleases us greatlyâ€, she stressed.
She made a positive assessment of the cooperation between Portugal and Mozambique, particularly in economic matters. â€œWe have a very strong presence in Mozambiqueâ€, Ribeiro said. â€œPortugal is one of the most important investors in Mozambique. Portuguese investment positively benefits both countries, and is oriented towards small and medium enterprises. The statistics show that this makes Portugal one of the major creators of jobs in Mozambiqueâ€.
Ribeiro added that during her visit she had also discussed preparation for the next Luso-Mozambican summit, scheduled for late 2016, and the design of a new strategic cooperation programme between the two countries.
â€œThis would be the Third Bilateral Summit between Portugal and Mozambiqueâ€, said Ribeiro. â€œWe had productive meetings with the finance sector and we have already defined the essential matters on the agenda in questions of cooperationâ€.
This summit, and the scheduled visit to Mozambique in May by newly elected Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, she added, are evident signs of the importance that the current Portuguese government gives to cooperation with Mozambique.Post published in: Africa News