Foreign Minister João Gomes Cravinho defended this on Wednesday terrorism in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique “not yet fully under control”and that the war in Ukraine cannot weaken Africa.
The continued presence of elements of ties to the Islamic State – the Central African Province (ISCAP) and growing ISIS propaganda from Cabo Delgado – is worrying, Gomes Cravinho said at a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic. (EI), held in Marrakech on Wednesday.
The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of international assistance to improve the situation in the province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique, that “the situation cannot be said to be completely under control,” which is why he said the focus should be on his stay in Africa.
“Despite the terrible crisis provoked by Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine, It is important to remember that ISIS remains a challenging global threatwhich continues to affect Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and many African countries, ”said the head of Portuguese diplomacy.
In his defense, Gomes Cravinho emphasized that solutions must be in Africa’s hands The terrorist threat “gives a fully justified focus on the continent” and therefore welcomes the establishment of a task force in the global coalition.
He noted that Portugal “has been and will continue to be an active participant and promoter, both bilaterally and multilaterally, in the search for security that goes hand in hand with humanitarian aid and development.”
Founded in September 2014 at the initiative of the United States of America, the alliance consists of 84 countries and Portugal is part of the 50 founding countries.
The goal of this alliance is to defeat IS extremists on all fronts, either by fighting their entire activities or by dismantling their stakeholders.
“In short, the fight against IS funding and its economic structure, the suppression of the flow of foreign terrorist fighters or the spread of propaganda by a terrorist group are some of the goals of these regular high-level meetings that bring together decision-makers from around the world“, the foreign ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday.
This ministerial meeting was held for the first time on the African continent, a geographical area where the activities of IS extremists have grown effectively.
The province of Cabo Delgado is rich in natural gas, but it has been terrorized by armed rebels since 2017, and some of the attacks have been blamed on the extremist Islamic State.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), there are 784,000 internally displaced persons due to the conflict and some 4,000 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registry project.
Since July 2021, an attack by government forces with the support of Rwanda, which was later joined by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has enabled the recovery of areas where the rebels were present, but their escape has led to new attacks. in other areas used as a passageway or temporary refuge.