Mozambique has requested the European Union for help in tackling a wave of militant assaults within the nation’s north by rebels with hyperlinks to Islamic State, a battle that has raised fears for stability and safety in southern Africa.
The Islamist assaults in Cabo Delgado province date to 2017 however the violence has gathered tempo this 12 months, with insurgents seizing essential cities for temporary intervals and hitting navy and different key targets.
The Portuguese information company Lusa stated on Tuesday Mozambique had written to EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell to ask for assist in coaching its armed forces to battle the insurgency.
Within the letter, Mozambique – which is a former Portuguese colony – additionally requested medical gear and humanitarian help to assist victims of the battle, based on Lusa.
A EU spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday the bloc had acquired a letter from Mozambique’s international ministry and stated, with out offering additional particulars, a reply could be “ready and despatched in due time”.
“The federal government of Mozambique and the EU have opened a coverage dialogue, with a concentrate on humanitarian, improvement and safety points in Cabo Delgado,” he stated, including the bloc was prepared to debate “choices for help”.
The EU will “evaluate all out there technique of help within the mild of the end result of the dialogue”, he stated.
The plea for assist got here as a report from the World Meals Programme on Tuesday stated that over 300,000 individuals had fled the violence in Cabo Delgado to neighbouring provinces.
It additionally got here amid accusations of human rights abuses by Mozambican authorities within the northern battle zone.
Amnesty Worldwide reported earlier this month it had seen movies displaying troopers in authorities uniforms committing atrocities in opposition to alleged fighters in Cabo Delgado.
Mozambique’s defence ministry dismissed the report, saying militants repeatedly impersonated troopers.