Rwanda Set to Mobilize Additional 2,500 Soldiers to Aid Mozambique’s Fight against Insurgency

Rwanda is set to deploy an additional 2,500 soldiers to Mozambique to support the fight against Islamic State insurgents in the Cabo Delgado region. This deployment is part of a larger effort to stabilize an area that has been plagued by violent extremism and instability since the insurgents launched their first attacks in 2017.

The insurgency in Cabo Delgado has severely disrupted numerous oil and natural gas projects, including a $20 billion natural gas plant operated by TotalEnergies. The ongoing conflict has had a significant impact on the region’s economy and security.

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi emphasized that Rwanda’s troop deployment should not be seen as an indication that Mozambique is unable to defend its borders. Instead, he framed the move as a demonstration of cooperation between the two countries. “Rwanda’s aid should be viewed as a partnership aimed at achieving mutual stability and peace,” Nyusi stated.

This is the second time Rwanda has sent troops to assist Mozambique. Three years ago, Rwanda deployed 1,000 soldiers, an effort that was widely regarded as successful in significantly reducing insurgent activities.

The collaboration between Rwanda and Mozambique is expected to bolster the region’s security and support the resumption of crucial economic activities disrupted by the insurgency as Rwanda’s commitment to sending additional troops highlights the ongoing regional efforts to combat extremism and restore stability in Cabo Delgado.

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