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The European Union is planning to deploy troops to Mozambique as part of a large military training mission.
The Commonwealth member country in southern Africa has requested assistance in combating a burgeoning Islamist insurgency. It has been dealing with a revolt in Cabo Delgado, its northernmost province, since 2017, with violence in the region increasing considerably in the last year. Around 3,000 individuals have died and 800,000 people have been displaced as a result of the fighting.
The EU’s foreign ministers have approved a formal plan to send soldiers to the country, but no date has been set.
“The mission’s mandate will initially last two years,” the European Council stated in a statement.
“Its strategic goal during this time will be to promote the capacity building of Mozambican armed forces units that will be part of a future Quick Reaction Force.
“In particular, the mission will provide military training, including operational preparedness, specialized counter-terrorism training, and training and instruction on civilian protection and conformity with international humanitarian and human rights law,” according to the mission.
“The mission’s goal is to train and support the Mozambican armed forces in safeguarding civilians and restoring safety and security in the Cabo Delgado province,” the EU added.
Portugal has already despatched 60 soldiers to oversee a four-month training program in its former colony.
Mozambique’s security services will be tight in their counterinsurgency efforts, sharing intelligence and tracking insurgents with drones.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, has suggested that up to 300 EU forces could be deployed in the country by the end of the year.
Lisbon is planning to provide up to 50% of the manpower and will also serve as the ground commander.
More than 700,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Cabo Delgado as a result of violence in Mozambique.
France, Italy, and Spain will also send troops to Mozambique, according to a senior EU official quoted by the AFP news agency.
Mali, the Central African Republic, and Somalia are among the EU’s other African operations.
Despite a military coup in May, the Mali mission focused at combating extremists has persisted.
The latest EU mission was approved at a time when regional powers are also eager to strengthen their support for Mozambique.
“Brinkwire Summary News” was released last month by the 16 southern African countries.