ExxonMobil Reaffirms Commitment to Mozambique’s Natural Gas Fields Amid Security Challenges
ExxonMobil’s Continued Investment in Mozambique
ExxonMobil, a major American oil and gas corporation, has reiterated its commitment to continue investing in the natural gas fields located in the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of Cabo Delgado, a province in northern Mozambique. This pledge was made during a meeting held between executives from ExxonMobil and the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, in Washington.
The President highlighted the progress made in the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado, indicating that the primary concern for ExxonMobil was the resumption of their activities in the region. Reportedly, the company expressed satisfaction with the successes achieved in combating terrorism.
US Assurances to Help Mozambique
During his visit to Washington, President Nyusi had a meeting with the US Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin, who assured the United States’ assistance in combating terrorism, piracy, and other high seas crimes like illegal fishing, drug trafficking, and human trafficking. Both nations committed to work in collaboration to confront those who are using Mozambique’s waters for criminal purposes.
Mozambique’s Interest in Zimbabwe’s Wheat Production
President Nyusi also had a meeting with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, primarily focusing on Zimbabwe’s wheat production. President Nyusi expressed interest in replicating Zimbabwe’s successful wheat production strategies in Mozambique, aiming to enhance the country’s own production.
Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation with Rwanda
Moreover, the Mozambican President met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, a significant ally of Mozambique. The two leaders discussed the security situation in Cabo Delgado, where Rwandan and Mozambican forces are jointly combating Islamist terrorists. The meeting also addressed strengthening bilateral cooperation between Mozambique and Rwanda, with a focus on security and economic development.
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