Mozambique: Defence Minister starts working visit to Tete province
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The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is due to visit Mozambiqueon 3031 january – Sunday and Monday – when he will meet with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and visit the European Union (EU) military mission in the country.
The European External Action Service )EEAS), headed by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced today that Borrell will travel to Kenya between Friday and Saturday [ 28-29 Janury] , followed by a visit to Mozambique, where he will meet with Nyusi and Foreign Minister Veronica Macamo.
Among the issues on the agenda are “tbe EU-Mozambique cooperation, the implementation of the Maputo Peace and Reconciliation Accord, the work of the EU military training mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique) and the EU integrated approach to address security challenges in Cabo Delgado and surrounding provinces,” according to a statement from the European diplomatic corps.
The High Representative will also visit the headquarters and a training camp of EUTM Mozambique, and an EU-funded project on education and COVID-19 response.
HR/VP @JosepBorrellF is travelling to Africa: he will visit 🇰🇪 Kenya from 28-29 January and 🇲🇿Mozambique from 30-31 January.
— European External Action Service – EEAS 🇪🇺 (@eu_eeas) January 27, 2022
The first EU military mission in Mozambique, dedicated to training troops to face the armed insurgency in Cabo Delgado, started early last November and is commanded by Vice-Admiral Hervé Bléjean, director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability, and, on the ground, the operational direction is under the Portuguese Brigadier-General Nuno Lemos Pires.
The mission, which is expected to last two years, will provide specialised training in counter-terrorism and the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, with attention to the observance of human rights, following numerous reports that they have been violated several times during the conflict.
Before he visits Mozambique, Josep Borrell will be in Kenya. He has several bilateral meetings planned, including a meeting with the President, Uhuru Kenyatta, during which the “EU-Kenya Strategic Dialogue” will be officially launched.
This “Strategic Dialogue”, agreed in June 2021, aims to strengthen the EU and Kenya’s regional and multilateral cooperation and will focus on the areas of peace, security and stability; democracy, governance and human rights, including gender equality, trade and investment, social development, climate change and green transition, and the digital agenda.
The high representative will also launch the Kenya-EU Cooperation Programme for the period 2021-2027, with an amount of €324 million for the first four years, mainly targeting environmental sustainability and resilience, human development and digital inclusion, and peace and stability, with a particular focus on women and youth.
Josep Borrell will also visit some EU-supported projects and initiatives in Kenya working on justice reform for the most vulnerable, green job creation and economic growth, and wildlife and natural resource preservation.
This visit to Africa comes ahead of the sixth EU – AU Summit in Brussels on 17-18 February, attended by the leaders of the European Union and African Union Member States, the European External Action Service points out.