Mozambique President praises coexistence with Malawians, “lesson that could be used to discourage the xenophobia”.

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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday congratulated the residents of Tsangano district, on the border with Malawi, for their peaceful coexistence with their Malawian neighbours.

Speaking at an election rally in this district of Tete province, he said the friendly relations between Mozambicans and Malawians constituted a lesson that could be used to discourage the xenophobia in other parts of the region, notably South Africa.

“I congratulate you for the harmonious way in which you live alongside your Malawian neighbours”, declared Nyusi. “The frontiers divide us as countries. But we have a common culture. There is no reason for us to persecute each other. Let’s continue to live as brothers. This is an example of healthy coexistence in the region”.

He was speaking in the wake of anti-foreigner riots in South Africa which have led to hundreds of Mozambicans losing their homes. 138 of them returned to Mozambique last week.

Nyusi told the Tsangano crowd that he has been in contact with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, who promised that he will defend all citizens in South Africa, regardless of their nationality.

Both Nyusi and Ramaphosa were in Harare last weekend to attend the funeral of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. The two leaders met and Ramaphosa briefed Nyusi on what was being done to halt xenophobic attacks.

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