EU ready to support Rwanda fighting insurgents in Mozambique

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Ambassador Bellomo (left) together with Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Vincent Biruta on Tuesday, 25th January 2022, Kigali

European Union has vowed to support Rwanda in its quest to fight insurgency and terrorism in Northern province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Rwanda has sent its troops in Mozambique since July 2021. It did this  after President Felipe Nyusi’s request to president Paul Kagame.

President Kagame has on many occasions insisted that Rwanda alone pays all logistics required to maintain its troops in gas-rich province of Cabo Delgado, which has been a sanctuary of terrorism in Mozambique.

During the annual Article 8 Dialogue that took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kigali  on January 25, ambassador of EU to Rwanda, Nicola Bellomo said that his organization is ready to support Rwandan troops in Mozambique.

“I am confident this dialogue will provide additional elements to inform the ongoing discussion on possible EU support to Rwanda and to identify new avenues to promote and preserve peace and security on the continent”, he said without revealing much information.

Although ambassador Bellomo did not disclose  what is inside EU’s intention to support Rwanda in Mozambique, it should be noted that France company, TOTAL Energies has a gas extraction project in Cabo Delgado worth 20 billion dollars.

Since the brutal terrorists attacks last year, project was put on hold.

France is a key member of European Union and it is among its early founders.

After Rwanda and SADC forces arrived in Mozambique, they helped Mozambique to regain most of cities that had been held by terrorists.

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