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    Mozambican leader prioritises peace, socio-economic development in 2018

    APA-Maputo (Mozambique)

    Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi says peace, consolidation of the rule of law as well as economic and social growth will be top priorities for his government in 2018.

    In a New Year message on Monday, Nyusi said all Mozambicans have a role to pay towards the realisation of the government’s goals for this year.

    "Peace, consolidation of the building of the state of democratic rights and economic and social growth will continue to be our priorities this year and we count on all Mozambicans and our friends to enable us to meet this collective goal," Nyusi said.

    He believes that the contribution of the country's main opposition Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama in the search for an effective peace should improve the democratic model and mechanisms of the country.

    "In this regard, we wish to address a very special greeting to our compatriot and brother Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Renamo, for his personal commitment to contribute to peace that we all long for," he said.

    Nyusi and Dhlakama have been engaged in talks since last year which are aimed at ending a two-year-old conflict involving government forces and Renamo militias.


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