“Portugal will send an unequivocal message of solidarity towards Mozambique with regard to the situation in Cabo Delgado, not only in the area of Defense, but also in terms of humanitarian support and development. We have a clear perception that the problems of terrorism in the region of Cabo Delgado can only be won with more jobs, more hope for people and more economic and social involvement”, declared Francisco André, in statements to the Lusa agency.
The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation pointed out that several projects are underway to support Cabo Delgado in the face of the “terrorist threat” in this region of northern Mozambique.
“Portugal has adopted an approach based on the triple nexus, which involves the promotion of peace and security, but also humanitarian support and development. This summit will serve to highlight and value what has been done by Portugal in this field”, he said.
In terms of military and security, according to Francisco André, the Portuguese Armed Forces “began working on training Mozambican special forces a long time ago”.
Then, as a result of Portugal’s intervention in the European Union, namely in the first half of 2021, during the period of the Portuguese presidency of the Council, progress was made towards the approval of the European training mission.
“A mission that is training Mozambican special forces to be able to respond and ensure the security of that territory,” he said.
On the humanitarian front, according to this member of the Government, Portugal has activated “several delivery mechanisms for essential materials”.
“We have launched several lines of support for projects by non-governmental organizations to respond quickly to the needs of the hundreds of thousands of displaced people who are suffering from the terrorist threat in the Cabo Delgado region”, he added, also referring to the constitution of “a emergency fund” of 1.3 million euros, to support the Cabo Delgado region, in partnership with various public and private administration institutions.
In partnership with the European Union, according to Francisco André, a delegated cooperation project was launched in the amount of 4.2 million euros called “Mais Emprego”, which is exclusively intended for the training and qualification of young people who can connect to the sector. of natural gas in northern Mozambique.
“This project is already underway and providing training to more than a thousand young people, with a view to providing them with new qualifications, employment, living conditions and hope for the future”, he added, pointing out that within the scope of the V Luso-Mozambican Summit Protocols will be signed with Portuguese companies, namely Galp and Mota Engil, to support this project and provide technical resources in the area of professional training.
On Thursday and Friday, the Prime Minister, António Costa, will be in Maputo to participate in the V Luso-Mozambican Summit. Accompanying him will be the ministers of Foreign Affairs, João Gomes Cravinho, of National Defense, Helena Carreiras, and of Agriculture and Food, Maria do Céu Antunes.
The Portuguese Government’s delegation also includes the Secretaries of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, for Tax Affairs, António Mendonça Mendes, and for the Economy, João Neves.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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