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EU military to colonise Mozambique?

by Staff reporter
30 May 2021 at 08:12hrs | Views
The european Union could have a military training mission in place in Mozambique within several months, the bloc's foreign policy chief said on Friday, helping the southern african country tackle islamist insurgents.
The problem is to find additional countries besides Portugal to supply troops, he said, speaking ahead of a summit of eU Defence ministers in Lisbon.

At a press conference after the summit, Portuguese Defence minister Joao Cravinho said: "Noone said they did not think it was a good idea".

But neither Borrell nor Cravinho specified whether any other countries had committed to participating, saying only that seven or eight had expressed willingness.
"First the mission must be formally approved, and then the countries who will participate will have the opportunity to declare what they have said privately," Cravinho said.
The Defence minister said he hoped the mission would be approved in June.

Sixty Portuguese soldiers sent to Mozambique in may are running a four-month programme training 11 mozambican troops to counter the insurgency, share intelligence and use drones to track militants' movements.

Source - Reuters
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