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Mozambique: Parliament debates sending Angolan military in SADC mission

The National Assembly will consider Tuesday a request by the President, João Lourenço, to send Angolan military personnel from the SADC alert force, deployed to support Mozambique in the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado.

: Lusa

This is the only item of the 8th extraordinary plenary meeting and stems from a request by João Lourenço, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), on the sending of military personnel, under the protocols signed with the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

According to Angolan news agency Angop, Angola is expected to send 20 military advisors to Mozambique to support the country's authorities in the fight against terrorism.

The information was provided Monday by the spokesman of the National Assembly, Raúl Lima, at the end of the parliamentary leaders' conference that scheduled the discussion, as a matter of urgency, for Tuesday.

In this operation, Angola should participate with two officers in the Regional Cooperation Mechanism (RMC), eight officers in the Force Command and ten crew members for the Strategic Air Projection aircraft type IL-76.

The mandate of a SADC "joint force on alert" to support Mozambique in the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado was approved on June 23, at an extraordinary summit of the organization in Maputo that debated the armed violence in that northern province.

According to the Defense Ministry, in addition to South Africa and Botswana, countries such as Tanzania and Angola have confirmed that they will send their forces, but Mozambique is also waiting for other soldiers from member countries of that regional organization.

The number of troops that the organization will send to Mozambique is not publicly known, but SADC experts who were in Cabo Delgado had already indicated in April that the mission should be composed of about three thousand soldiers.

In Cabo Delgado, there is already a contingent of one thousand soldiers and police from Rwanda to fight against armed groups, under a bilateral agreement between the Mozambican government and the Kigali authorities.

Armed groups have terrorized Cabo Delgado province since 2017, with some attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

There are more than 2,800 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project, and more than 800,000 displaced people, according to data advanced this Monday by the head of state.

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