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Visit by the President of Mozambique

President of the Republic of Mozambique Mr Armando Emilio Guebuza with The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins meeting children from Our Ladyswell Primary School Mulhuddart at Aras an Uachtarain during President Guebuza's 4 day state visit to Ireland from the 3rd to the 6th of June .Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014

President of Mozambique arrives for state visit

President Guebuza of Mozambique visited Ireland from 3-6 June 2014. This official state visit highlighted the value of Ireland and Mozambique’s bilateral relationship, and Ireland’s commitment to continue working in partnership with the South East African country.

Through Irish Aid, the government of Ireland has worked in close collaboration with the government of Mozambique to help reduce poverty and hunger and to bring about sustainable development. The partnership between the governments aims to bring about sustainable development by improving food security at a national and household level as well as improving access to credit and improving the landscape for private sector investment.

While visiting Ireland, President Guebuza met with officials from third level institutions, Irish businesses and development organisations that engage with Mozambique on an ongoing basis. 

The State Visit began with a formal welcome ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin when President Guebuza was greeted by President and Sabina Higgins.

President of the Republic of Mozambique Mr Armando Emilio Guebuza being welcomed by The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain during President Guebuza's 4 day state visit to Ireland from the 3rd to the 6th of June .Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell

On Wednesday 4 June President Guebuza met the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, at Government Buildings and the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, at Iveagh House. He also laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance and visited the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and St James’s Hospital before attending a State Dinner in his honour at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Pictured is President of the Republic of Mozambique Mr Armando Emilio Guebuza meeting with An Tanaiste, Mr. Eamon Gilmore, T.D at Iveagh House during President Guebuza's 4 day state visit to Ireland from the 3rd to the 6th of June .Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014

On Thursday 5 June President Guebuza had a programme of business and education meetings, including the Mozambique-Ireland Business Forum, and on Friday 6 June he visited Newgrange before departing Dublin.

The visit included the signing of agreements between Ireland and Mozambique across a range of areas including agriculture, health, education, development and trade.

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