Maputo — The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) has pledged to increase its cooperation with Mozambique in improving maritime security, and fighting piracy and drug trafficking.
This commitment was announced in Maputo on Monday by the Commander of AFRICOM, Gen Carter Ham, at the end of an audience granted by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza.
Ham told reporters that, during his talks with Guebuza, “we spoke of the importance of improving and cementing our existing partnership in matters of maritime security”.
He said that combating piracy and the trade in illicit drugs, “is important for both countries and we are looking for opportunities to improve our partnership in these areas”.
Ham added that the United States will continue to provide assistance to the Mozambican armed forces (FADM). As examples he pointed to the radar system the US has recently donated as well as a plane used for maritime patrols.
“We are also looking for opportunities for interchanges among the forces of the countries of the region so that they can collaborate in seeking solutions for all the problems that affect the region”, added Ham.
He stressed the training courses involving Mozambican and US troops, and reiterated the commitment of the American government to HIV/AIDS programmes inside the FADM.