Portuguese President Receives Keys to the City of Maputo - his birthplace.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on 6 May received the key to the city of Maputo from Mayor David Simango.

Recalling the days in the 1960s when his father, Baltazar Rebelo de Sousa, was colonial governor of Mozambique, the President declared that the relation between Portugal and Mozambique dates back centuries.

Rebelo de Sousa said that he had never forgotten Mozambique, particularly Maputo, and being on Mozambican soil meant "coming home". He had felt affection for Maputo for the past half century, he added, and this feeling had never disappeared because of the warm welcome that he had always received from Mozambicans.

The Mayor said that, on receiving the key, Rebelo de Sousa, became part of the Maputo community, and should share in all the problems and anxieties of Mozambicans.

"You once lived in this city, and now you will share our problems with us", said Simango.

Souce: AIM Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on 6 May received the key to the city of Maputo from Mayor David Simango.

Recalling the days in the 1960s when his father, Baltazar Rebelo de Sousa, was colonial governor of Mozambique, the President declared that the relation between Portugal and Mozambique dates back centuries.

Rebelo de Sousa said that he had never forgotten Mozambique, particularly Maputo, and being on Mozambican soil meant "coming home". He had felt affection for Maputo for the past half century, he added, and this feeling had never disappeared because of the warm welcome that he had always received from Mozambicans.

The Mayor said that, on receiving the key, Rebelo de Sousa, became part of the Maputo community, and should share in all the problems and anxieties of Mozambicans.

"You once lived in this city, and now you will share our problems with us", said Simango.

SOURCE: AIM