Mozambique: Minister urges tougher action against terrorism - AIM
The Mozambican President and his Tanzanian counterpart on Friday expressed their intention to strengthen military cooperation in order to stop “as quickly as possible” armed attacks in northern Mozambique.
The Mozambican head of state was speaking during a press conference after talks with the President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu, in Pemba, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique.
Filipe Nyusi believes that the meeting was an “opportunity” to address the “security situation in Mozambique and also in Tanzania,” given the border relationship between the two countries.
“I appreciate the coming of our sister, who took the initiative to address the problem together with Mozambique, so that we can find solutions as quickly as possible,” the Mozambican President said.
“I came to Mozambique to learn about the peace and security situation and how we can work together [to solve the problem],” said Samia Suluhu.
Cabo Delgado province is rich in natural gas but has been terrorised since 2017 by armed rebels, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.
The conflict has led to more than 3,100 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project, and more than 817,000 displaced people, according to Mozambican authorities.
Since July 2021, an offensive by government troops with support from Rwanda, later joined by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), allowed several occupied areas to be recovered, but there are still occasional clashes, which in December spread to Niassa province.