Mozambique authorities issue 200 visas a day to Portuguese citizens

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 22-03-2013 11:38:00 · 0 Comments

Mozambique's authorities are currently issuing entry visas to some 200 Portuguese citizens a day, a quadrupling of the rate registered in "the recent past", the country's deputy foreign minister has said.

"There are many people requesting visas at short notice, but there's no problem in granting them, so long as people meet the requirements," Henrique Banze said after a meeting in Maputo with José Cesário, Portugal's secretary of state for communities, who has responsibility for the welfare of Portuguese citizens abroad.

The two officials downplayed talk of friction between the two countries on visa issues, with Cesário saying the Portuguese consulate in Maputo is ready to issue entry visas to Mozambicans "in 24 hours, so long as all the documentation is in order".

Cesário on Thursday ended a three-day visit to Mozambique that he said had been "very positive" for relations.

Banze said cooperation between the two naions "is at a good level" and said he hoped Mozambique's economy "can have a contribution from Portugal".

Mozambique is widely seen as being one of the African economies with most potential, thanks to the discovery of its vast reserves of natural gas.


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