The European Union has formally established a military mission for Mozambique on Monday to help the government train its armed forces in tackling IS-linked jihadists in the northern Cabo Delgado Province, the bloc says.
The gas-rich Cabo Delgado province has been ravaged by militants linked to the Islamic State group since late 2017, claiming some 3,000 lives and displacing 800,000 people. Violence has grown significantly in the past year.
EU foreign ministers took the formal decision at a meeting in Brussels on Monday.
An EU statement without giving details on the overall size of the deployment said “the aim of the mission is to train and support the Mozambican armed forces in protecting the civilian population and restoring safety and security in the Cabo Delgado province.”
“The mandate of the mission will initially last two years. During this period, its strategic objective will be to support the capacity building of the units of the Mozambican armed forces that will be part of a future Quick Reaction Force,” the statement added.
It is not immediately clear which countries will provide the necessary troops.