| 19 May 2024, Sunday |

Portugal to send another 60 troops to Mozambique on training mission

Portugal’s defense minister Joao Cravinho announced on Monday that his country will send another 60 troops to Mozambique as part of a new cooperation agreement which aims to help the country tackle an Islamic State-linked insurgency in its north.

Mozambique has been reeling from the insurgency in its province of Cabo Delgado since 2017. But militants have massively increased their violence in the past year, taking a big toll on civilians and bringing a $20 billion liquefied natural gas project run by oil giant Total to a grinding halt.

The agreement, which runs until 2026, will see Lisbon step up its number of soldiers in Mozambique to 80 to train Mozambican troops to tackle the insurgency, share intelligence and help the country use drones to track the militants’ movements.

Cravinho told a news conference that “an important project has been added to train Mozambican military personnel and the result is that the program will see four times more Portuguese troops working with their Mozambican counterparts.”

Cravinho and his Mozambican counterpart, Jamie Neto, signed the agreement in Lisbon on Monday. The troops are in addition to 60 Portuguese special forces already dispatched to train soldiers in Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony, following a major attack on the key northern town of Palma in March.

  • Reuters