US and Mozambique Foster Mutual Cooperation for Peace, Security, and Economic Growth
A Meeting for Mutual Goals
In a recent meeting at the Pentagon, U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, and Mozambique’s President, Filipe Nyusi, discussed several significant issues related to peace, security, and economic growth. Austin thanked President Nyusi for his contributions to women’s roles in security and his key role in signing the Maputo Accord for Peace and National Reconciliation in 2019, which ended years of conflict in Mozambique.
Climate Change and Regional Stability
Secretary Austin also acknowledged Nyusi’s leadership on various subjects at the U.N. Security Council, including climate change. The U.S. Defense Department expressed alignment with Mozambique’s commitment to prevent illegal fishing and trafficking in the region. Austin and Nyusi both emphasized their shared determination to bolster maritime security and promote regional stability.
Both representatives acknowledged the challenges both nations face due to global terrorism. Austin expressed appreciation for Mozambique’s partnership in countering violent extremist groups, particularly in northern Mozambique. He commended the country’s cooperation with the Southern Africa Development Community, the European Union, and other entities. Austin also expressed optimism for strengthening military training between the U.S. and Mozambique.
President Nyusi expressed gratitude for the support Mozambique has received from the U.S., including from President Joe Biden and Congress, in various areas such as economy, health, and security. Nyusi committed to continuing his country’s efforts to counter terrorism and improve maritime domain awareness. The prospect of military-to-military training with the U.S. was welcomed, and he extended an invitation to U.S. Navy vessels to make port visits to Mozambique.
The meeting between Secretary Austin and President Nyusi marked a significant step in fostering mutual cooperation between the U.S. and Mozambique. Their agreement to work towards shared goals in peace, security, and economic growth is a testament to the importance of international collaboration in tackling global issues. It remains to be seen how these commitments will materialize in the coming years, but this meeting can be considered a positive step forward in the relationship between the two nations.
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