Maputo, Nov 4: Two Indian warships have docked in the Mozambican capital as part of a goodwill visit.
The vessels arrived in Maputo Friday night from South Africa. "They will be in our port for two days," Defence Minister Filipe Nyusi told Xinhua on Saturday.
Nyusi said the defence cooperation between the two countries will further strengthen from this visit.
Military officers of the two sides were expected to hold talks on anti-piracy missions, and the Indian soldiers were to train the Mozambican defence personnel to fight piracy.
The warships arrived here after participating in a joint military exercise involving South Africa, India and Brazil. The Indian mission will return home Sunday.
"Piracy (in Indian Ocean) has reduced at the moment, but we are still concerned about it," the minister said.
The Mozambican government has also signed an agreement with South Africa and Tanzania to fight piracy along their territorial waters.
The joint exercise was named IBSAMAR which stands for 'India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime'.
Exercise 'IBSAMAR' is conducted between India, Brazilian and South African Navies in the Indian Ocean region.
The exercise is the maritime element of the regional co-operation initiative between India, Brazil and South Africa, namely IBSA
IBSAMAR II, the tri-lateral naval exercise between the navies of India, Brazil and South Africa was held off South Africa in September, 2010. IN ships Mysore, Ganga, Tabar and Aditya participated in the exercise.
Two IN Ships participated in India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime (IBSAMAR) Exercise in May 2008 off South Africa.