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Angola to join SADC military mission to Mozambique

The Angolan Parliament on Tuesday approved the integration of Angolan forces into the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s mission for peace in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Francisco Pereira Furtado, the Angolan minister of state and head of the security house of the president of the republic, told reporters that the Angolan mission would join the SADC forces on Aug. 6.

According to the official, Angola will participate with a team of 20 officers of which two will be in the Regional Cooperation Mechanism, eight officers in the Force Command and 10 crew members for the IL-76 military transport aircraft.

He said the Angolan mission would last three months and count on an initial budget of 575,500 U.S. dollars.

Since 2017, the Cabo Delgado region in northern Mozambique has been experiencing terrorism actions.

The Angolan official also expressed concerns about outbreaks of terrorism in other countries in central and southern Africa, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We must take into account the need for our participation in this mission, given the efforts not only those SADC countries are undertaking.

“But also those of other countries that do not belong to our region, such as Rwanda,’’ he said. (Xinhua/NAN)

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