Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared on Friday that the current peaceful coexistence in Mozambique favours the economic development of the country.
He was speaking at a ceremony in Maputo at which representatives of the armed forces (FADM) came to greet him on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the launching of the national liberation war against Portuguese colonial rule on 25 September 1964.
"Peaceful and orderly coexistence assists the harmonious economic development of the country", he said. The current peaceful environment, like Mozambican independence itself, resulted from the efforts and sacrifices made by those who had fought to secure the freedom and development of Mozambique.
He praised in particular those members of the armed forces who have been defending the population of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, where a terrorist insurgency has claimed the lives of dozens of people in several districts since October 2017.
"They are giving all that they can to defend the people and their property in the northern districts of Cabo Delgado, where criminals are trying to destabilise the country", declared Nyusi.
The President also stressed the need for continual training of the military in order to ensure efficient and effective measures to maintain peace throughout the national territory.
"As the State and the Government, we are aware that continual investment is necessary", he said. "We must bank on training as not to open breaches leading to possible setbacks in what we have won with so much sacrifice".
Speaking for the FADM officers, the Commander of the Army, Maj-Gen Lazaro Menete, said the FADM will always defend the country against any attempt to create a climate of destabilisation.
"Here we promise to combat the criminals who have been attacking the population of Cabo Delgado province", he added.