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EU, Mozambique agrees to military training mission

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The European Union announced on Monday that it will establish a military training mission in Mozambique to assist the government in combating a growing Islamist insurgency and protecting civilians.

Mozambique has been dealing with a rebellion in its northernmost region of Cabo Delgado since 2017 and has asked the EU for assistance. In the last year, there has been a considerable increase in violence.

At a meeting in Brussels on Monday, EU foreign ministers made the formal decision, though it was not immediately obvious which nations would send the necessary soldiers.

“The mission’s mandate will initially last two years,” said the European Council, which represents EU member states.

In May, Portugal dispatched 60 soldiers to its former colony to conduct a four-month training program in counter-insurgency tactics, intelligence sharing, and the use of drones to track terrorists’ activities.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy leader, has stated that 200-300 troops could be deployed to Mozambique before the end of the year.

Portugal is willing to contribute half of the soldiers and will also provide the commander on the ground in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, where the conflict has displaced over 700,000 people.

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