Portugal has offered to support Mozambique in organising logistics and building the capacity of its military to deal with Islamist insurgents threatening stability in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.
The militants had in last month carried out an execution on a football pitch in a village where they decapitated and chopped bodies.
Portugal’s Defense Minister, Joao Gomes Cravinho said a team of Portuguese military personnel will start working with their Mozambican counterparts from next month.
Mr. Gomes Cravinho had a three-day working visit to the southern Africa country which ended over the weekend.
He said that Portugal, which assumes the presidency of the European Union in 2021, would seek to reinforce Mozambique’s request for support that was already made to Brussels.
It is worthwhile to note that the violence in Cabo Delgado province has caused a humanitarian crisis, with more than 2,000 people killed, and more than 500,000 others displaced.