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Japan wins Mozambique's support for 'free and open Indo-Pacific'

Foreign Minister Motegi promises to send trade mission in February

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi meets with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi in Maputo on Dec. 10. (From Motegi's twitter feed)

TOKYO -- Mozambique will collaborate closely with Japan to achieve a "free and open Indo-Pacific," Foreign Minister Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo told visiting counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in the capital of Maputo on Friday as they discussed regional security and business over a roughly 90-minute meeting and working lunch.

Motegi, on his second stop of a four-nation Africa tour that also includes Tunisia, South Africa and Mauritius, "expressed his willingness to continue to cooperate with Mozambique toward maintenance and the enhancement of maritime order based on the rule of law," according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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