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Rajnath arrives in Mozambique, prays at Shiva Temple

In his first overseas trip as Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh on Sunday arrived in Mozambique on a three-day visit during which three bilateral agreements will be signed to boost military cooperation.

India is willing to forge a strong bilateral relationship with Mozambique by increasing regular engagement and cooperation in multiple spheres, Singh said in a tweet after his arrival in the southern African country.

On his Mozambique visit, Rajnath also took the opportunity to visit the Salamanga Temple to pray to Lord Shiva in the holy month of Sawan. The temple was established in 1908 by the Indian Community living there. He also visited the Mozambique Defence Armed Forces military headquarters in the evening.

Singh will hold talks with the president, the defence minister, foreign minister and interior minister of Mozambique during his visit, the Defence Ministry said in New Delhi on Friday.

It said that the two countries will sign three pacts providing for cooperation in surveillance of exclusive economic zone, sharing of white shipping information and hydrography.

During the Defence Minister’s visit, India will also hand over Mozambique two fast interceptor boats and 44 SUVs.

Bilateral relations between India and Mozambique are on an upswing after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the southern African country in July 2016.

Vijay Upadhyay

Vijay Upadhyay is a career journalist with 23 years of experience in various English & Hindi national dailies. He has worked with UNI, DD/AIR & The Pioneer, among other national newspapers. He currently heads the United News Room, a news agency engaged in providing local news content to national newspapers and television news channels