Mozambique praises extension of Angolan military mission

The Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique congratulated the Angolan Parliament for the approval, Wednesday, of the extension of the mission of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), for contributing to the efforts to combat terrorism.

The National Assembly of Angola approved, by 187 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions, the extension, for another three months, of the Angolan mission in the Standby Force of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to Mozambique.

The three months correspond to the period from April 10th to July 11th of the current year. The mission includes 20 military personnel, from the air projection component, material means, including an aircraft, and financial means, equivalent to one million, 174 thousand, 307 dollars.

The Mozambican position was expressed this Thursday, in Luanda, by the leader of the National Group of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique in the African Parliament, Aires Bonifácio Batista Ali, at the end of a courtesy meeting with the First Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly, Américo Cunonoca, which also served to assess the cooperation between these two sovereign bodies.

“This firm and clear position of the Angolan deputies is to be encouraged, welcomed and we are happy in this regard”, said in statements to the press the Mozambican parliamentarian who is on a week-long working visit to the country.

According to the deputy, the permanence of this mission contributes to the fight against terrorism, a general evil currently affecting Mozambique.

Regarding the cooperation between Angola and Mozambique in the parliamentary domain, Aires Bonifácio Batista Ali said that “it is on the right path”, but he considers that there is always room for improvement, improving and showing vitality.

Last February, the chairpersons of the parliaments of Angola, Carolina Cerqueira, and of Mozambique, Vitória Esperança Dias, met in the Angolan capital.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)