Russian denies being asked to provide troops in Mozambique

By Jorge Joaquim

The Russian ambassador to Mozambique, Alexander Surikov, has said that Russia has not been asked to send troops to help fight terrorism in Cabo Delgado province, and that there is no Russian military presence in the country.

Russia was ready to provide the necessary help if asked, he told AIM. Surikov expressed his confidence in the Southern African Development Community force and the 1,000 Rwandan troops being sent to Cabo Delgado.

During the delivery of donations to terrorism victims, Surikov said that he believed that the measures taken by Mozambique would be enough to “calm or bring tranquillity to the area”.

The governor of Cabo Delgado, Valige Tauabo, has told a town near the frontline of the fighting with terrorists in that province to cooperate with foreign forces being deployed in the province.

Speaking in the town of Quitunda on Thursday, on the outskirts of TotalEnergies’s natural gas project site on the Afungi peninsula, Tauabo said: “We have to maintain this support, which is necessary for our district to be free from this enemy”.

He was meeting refugees from the town of Palma, who took refuge in Quitunda after the 24 March attack by insurgents on their town. He told the meeting that Mozambique’s Defence and Security Forces had now created the conditions for people to return to Palma.

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