Mozambique and Tanzania have been sharing, since Tuesday 27 September, Defence and Security strategies to combat transnational crimes, especially kidnapping and terrorism. The fact is materialized with the holding of a meeting of security experts of the two countries.
The meeting is being held in Maputo, from yesterday, 27, until tomorrow, 29 September, days after the visit of Samia Suluhu, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, who guaranteed support to the country in the areas of Defence and Security.
The event brings together experts from those areas who will share experiences and strategies in the fight against various types of crimes, with emphasis on terrorism and kidnappings.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Defence, Casimiro Mueio, representing the delegation of experts of the Defence and Security Forces of the Republic of Mozambique, appealed to the commitment of all the committees of the meeting (Defence, Public Security and State Security) so that, after the works, concrete tasks are distributed for the achievement of the outlined objectives.
“This conviction is based on the fact that the recommendations that will result from the technical discussions to be proposed by our experts are in accordance with the concerns of our States and that their adoption will contribute to the strengthening of relations of friendship, cooperation, brotherhood and good neighbourliness, which should prevail and be characterised by harmonious coexistence between our brotherly peoples”, said Casimiro Mueio.
According to the official, the meeting aims to seek strategies to combat transnational crimes, with emphasis on terrorism that plagues the northern part of Mozambique, specifically the province of Cabo Delgado.
“The work of the fourth session of the Mozambique-Tanzania Permanent Joint Commission for Defence and Security has the thorny responsibility of providing security, tranquillity and public order, through the definition of realistic, feasible strategies and common actions in this domain, identifying the mechanisms of permanent dialogue, aiming at overcoming the challenges related to border connection, trafficking of people and goods and other transnational crimes, including terrorism,” added Mueio.
For its part, on the Tanzanian side, the materialisation of the memorandum of understanding on peace and security, signed last week between the two countries’ defence ministers, is expected.
“We are here for business, to work to overcome defence and security issues. It is by overcoming these challenges that we will promote the socio-economic development of our countries,” said Faraji Mnyepe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Social Service, United Republic of Tanzania.
The experts meeting precedes the fourth session of the Mozambique-Tanzania Permanent Joint Commission on Defence and Security, to be held this Thursday, September 29, where some bilateral agreements are expected to be signed.
This meeting, to be led by the ministers of defence of the two countries, has, among others, the mission to assess the level of implementation of the recommendations of the third session and design actions to be developed in the fields of defence, public security and state, as well as improve the existing cooperation mechanisms.