Kuleba calls on Mozambique to join Ukraine’s Peace Formula

Kuleba calls on Mozambique to join Ukraine’s Peace Formula

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine invited Mozambique to join the implementation of the Peace Formula put forward by President Volodymyr Zelensky as the minister is making his first visit to the Republic in the history of bilateral relations.

That’s according to MFA Ukraine’s press service, Ukrinform reports.

According to the report, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy was received in Maputo by President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi and held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, Veronica Macamo.

"My visit to Mozambique has three main tasks. First:  to lay a political foundation for the development of mutually beneficial relations between our countries. Second: to discuss the implementation of the Peace Formula of President Volodymyr Zelensky. The third: to develop promising areas of economic cooperation," said Kuleba.

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The minister expressed gratitude to the Mozambican side for giving official consent to the opening of the Ukrainian embassy in Maputo. He emphasized that the embassy is opening in the broader context of the renaissance of Ukrainian-African relations.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed his interlocutors in detail about the situation at the front line and the efforts of Ukraine’s defense forces to repel missile and drone strikes by the Russian Federation and liberate the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

"No other country in the world seeks peace more than Ukraine. Last year, President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed the Peace Formula, a 10-point plan that will help establish a just and lasting peace in Ukraine and strengthen global security. We invite Mozambique – especially as a country that currently holds the seat of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2023-2024 – to join its implementation. This will be a significant contribution to the protection of the principles and goals of the UN Charter," minister noted.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised the issue of ensuring food security in Africa, in particular the operation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative: "Despite the difficult situation in Ukraine against the background of Russian aggression, we remain a reliable guarantor of food security in the world and on the African continent in particular. Since August 2022, Ukraine has exported more than 30 million tonnes of grain, two-thirds of which were sent to countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia."

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Kuleba also reported that Ukraine is ready to include Mozambique in the list of countries that receive Ukrainian grain as part of President Zelensky's "Grain From Ukraine" humanitarian initiative in order to support Mozambique's food security.

At the same time, he emphasized the inadmissibility of Russia's weaponization of food: "Russia has no right to endanger the lives of millions of people in Africa and other parts of the world for its own political interests. Moscow must immediately stop obstructing the operation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and unblock access to all Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea so that agricultural products and other Ukrainian goods can reach those who need them most."

The Mozambican side expressed solidarity with Ukraine against the background of the war unleashed by Russia and supported Kuleba's proposal to hold a business forum under the patronage of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs with the participation of Ukrainian and Mozambican businesses in order to develop joint projects in the fields of trade, agriculture, food industry, information technology, digital transformation , and pharmaceuticals.

As reported, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is touring Africa to promote President Volodymyr Zelensky's Peace Formula and to open new prospects for the country.

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