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The defence ministers of Mozambique and Tanzania announced on Friday that they are united in fighting cross-border crime, at a time when attacks in Cabo Delgado seem to be flaring up again.
“The common threats and challenges regarding the security and free movement of people and goods must be tackled in a synchronized and united way,” the Ministry of Defence of Mozambique says in a statement quoted by AIM
Delegations from the two countries, headed by their respective defence ministers Atanásio M’tumuke of Mozambique and Hussein Mwinyi from Tanzania, met on Thursday and Friday in Mtwara, a town 30 kilometres north of the border.
The meeting served to “define strategies for preventing and combating cross-border crime, illegal migration and illegal exploitation of natural resources”, the document reveals.
The two governors decided to hold six-monthly evaluation sessions “whenever the situation merits it” and hold the next annual meeting “in Mozambique, on dates yet to be confirmed”.
“The consultations between the different services, and between defence and security agencies should take place on a regular basis and whenever the situation demands it,” the statement adds
The two defence ministers had already met in Cabo Delgado a year ago, where Mwinyi announced “necessary measures” against Tanzanians who were suspected of belonging to the groups attacking settlements.
Since a year ago, according to official figures, at least 100 people have died, including residents, alleged assailants and members of the security forces.
The wave of violence in Cabo Delgado erupted after an armed attack on police stations in Mocímboa da Praia in October 2017, when two agents were killed by a group from a local mosque preaching insurgency against the state, and a source of friction with local residents for two years.
Since Mocimboa da Praia, the attacks have continued, always far from tarmacked roads and well away from the infrastructure of petroleum companies exploiting natural gas in the Afungi peninsula in Palma.Source: Jornal Notícias
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