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Cabo Delgado: Government Asks EU for Lethal Material to Fight Terrorism

Cabo Delgado: Government Asks EU for Lethal Material to Fight Terrorism

The government has asked the European Union (EU) for lethal material to make the fight against terrorism and violent extremism that has affected the northern province of Cabo Delgado since October 2017 more effective, the Agência de Informação de Moçambique (AIM) reported.

The request was expressed this Thursday, 16 May, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Verónica Macamo, during the audience she granted to the European Union Exploratory Mission, which is in Mozambique to carry out a pre-election assessment, with a view to ascertaining the conditions that exist for the vote on 9 October.

On the occasion, she took the opportunity to reiterate the need for the country to receive lethal equipment support from the European Union (EU) to combat terrorism.

‘This issue is outside our scope. Our objective is electoral, so within the framework of the relations between the European Union and Mozambique, there are people who are responsible for security issues.’

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It should be noted that Mozambique has received support from the EU in the fight against terrorism, through military training and the provision of non-lethal equipment.

In retrospect, the Minister of National Defence, Cristóvão Chume, reinforced last February the need for the country to receive lethal equipment support from the EU.

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Also on Thursday morning (16), the minister received in audience the special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Road Safety, Jean Todt, who explained that education, technical inspection of vehicles and policing are essential in order to prevent accidents.

Compared to other continents, the UN special envoy pointed to the African continent as having the highest number of road accidents. ‘In Mozambique, we have an average of 25 deaths per one million people, compared to six per 100,000 people involved in road accidents in Europe. Even if we have good roads, if we don’t have good policing and signposting, this could make the situation dramatically worse,’ he warned.

The source announced that the United Nations will establish a road safety fund, with the participation of member states and partners, and called for the involvement of the whole of society, government and the private sector in preventing road accidents.

‘In addition to the meeting with the minister, I had meetings with various leaders from the government, the United Nations and the private sector so that, together, we can draw up plans and forms of action in this context,’ she concluded.

Verónica Macamo also received Ambassador Eusèbe Agbangla, special envoy of Benin’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olushegun Adjadi, to find out about the possibility of visa-free travel between the two countries.

‘The minister accepted the request and, as a next step, steps will be taken between the two parties to ascertain the possibility of an agreement to this effect,’ said the envoy.

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According to Eusèbe Agbangla, visa-free travel will facilitate investment and promote relations between the citizens of both countries. ‘If African countries invest in visa-free travel, this will facilitate the creation of companies and the identification of opportunities to create employment conditions in our own countries,’ he emphasised.

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