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EU reaffirms position to support Mozambique in war over terrorism

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The European Union has reiterated its position to support Mozambique amidst the security challenges facing the South African country.

Head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell on Thursday announced new military aid to help the country face “terrorism” after several bloody attacks attributed to jihadists in the north.

Borrell, in a meeting, met with President Filipe Nyusi and Foreign Minister Veronica Macamo at the capital Maputo. Nyusi held a press conference to “express the commitment and solidarity of the EU with Mozambique in its fight against terrorism.

The EU approved on Thursday an additional 15 million euros in military aid to support Mozambique in the unstable northern province of Cabo Delgado, regularly bloodied by attacks attributed to jihadists.

According to t stamen by the EU, will afford Mozambique to get equipment and vehicles, among other things, in addition to the 89 million euros already earmarked to support the Mozambican armed forces.

The arrangement which is welcomed by President Nyusi also covers the creation of a military training base for Mozambican forces, which Borrell is scheduled to visit on Friday.

President Nyusi, had lamented the growing insurgency in the Northern Cabo Delgado province by Islamist militants which have resulted in the beheading of six people and the abduction of dozens of others.

Mozambique has registered an escalation in an ongoing conflict in the country’s northern region. Insurgents suspected to be linked to the Islamic State group have commanded a wave of attacks in the area, causing destruction and deaths, and forcing thousands of people to leave their homes.

 

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, wife, get royal invite to visit Britain

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Preside Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is set to make a state visit to Britain in his first visit to the United Kingdom since King Charles became the constitutional monarch.

The Buckingham Palace said on Monday that President Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, have accepted an invitation from the new British monarch for the Nov. 22-24 state visit.

President Ramaphosa’s visit will be in line with former South African presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Jacob Zuma all made state visits to Britain.

Camridge scholars, Henshaw, and Peter James argued in a study that Britain and South Africa continued to be bound closely together both by common interests and by mutually advantageous bargains founded on Britain’s indispensibility as a market, a source of goods, technology, and capital, and as a military ally.

Britain is South Africa’s fourth-biggest export market. In 2021, Britain exported 4 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) of goods and services to South Africa.

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Two Liberian Maritime officials arrested for alleged rape in South Korea while on seminar

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Two top Liberian Maritime Authorities staff who were in South Korea for a seminar were on Saturday, arrested and detained by the Asian country’s police for allegedly raping two teenage girls.

The suspects identified as Moses Owen Browne and Daniel Tarr, were arrested at a hotel in the southeastern city of Busan after a friend of the victims reported the case to the police, the Busan police said in a statement.

Browne, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and Tarr, a Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection at the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), were in South Korea on a government mission to the IMO, which means they were representing the West African country at the programme.

According to a statement on the LiMA website condemning the incident, the officials were in South Korea attending the “International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG SMART Practical Training and Study Visit” when this alleged incident occurred.

“LiMA unequivocally maintains a zero-tolerance stance on any types of sexual and gender-based offenses, and views these allegations of the conduct of its Officials as most egregious, having no place in any civilized society.

“Liberia Maritime Authority will fully cooperate with the Government of the Republic of South Korea in the investigation of this incident and vows to take appropriate actions, under national and international Law,” the statement read.

The South Korean police said it plans to seek formal arrest warrants for the two men which would allow them to hold the suspects in custody for up to 10 days before charging them to court.

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