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Nyusi Renews Call for Unity in Fight Against Terrorism

Nyusi Renews Call for Unity in Fight Against Terrorism

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi reiterated on Saturday (23) the need for greater unity among Mozambicans in the fight against terrorism, which is plaguing some districts of the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

“We’re going to keep working so that we can stop (terrorism) as much as possible and minimise the suffering. I believe that the responsibility lies with Mozambicans. More unity and less noise,” urged the Mozambican Head of State.

To the noisy ones, “who haven’t helped much in the fight against terrorism”, the Head of State says that everyone must be part of the solution.

Nyusi was speaking at a press conference about his participation in the Extraordinary Summit of the double Troika of the Organ on Cooperation in the areas of Politics, Defence and Security and SADC, plus the contributing countries of the mission in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which took place in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

The Mozambican President took part in this summit as a guest, as his country hosts the SADC Military Mission (SAMIM), which is supporting the fight against terrorism in northern Mozambique.

The summit analysed the progress of SAMIM, whose mandate ends on 15 July, as well as the SADC mission deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

For Nyusi, SAMIM’s withdrawal does not imply the end of support from SADC countries in the fight against terrorism, and he said he believes they will continue to work with Mozambique, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

In this context, he guaranteed that the unity of all forces in the fight against terrorism will continue, even after SAMIM’s withdrawal. The mission was deployed on 15 July 2021, but before the end of the mandate, according to Nyusi, a mid-term evaluation is planned.

Asked about the possibility of mobilising a force to replace SAMIM, Nyusi stressed that “the real replacement for SAMIM is the Mozambican.”

“We are the owners of the country. At all times we have to prepare for this,” he said.

However, he stressed that Mozambique could count on the collaboration of other countries or multilateral organisations.

“The experiences of other countries will always be useful and necessary, not just at SADC level. We are working with other brothers, but also with some multilateral organisations, such as the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union,” he noted.

He also guaranteed that the government is working to further train the Defence and Security Forces on the ground.


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