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Rwanda receives military funding from the European Union for its war in Mozambique

Twenty million euros have been given to Rwandan troops in Mozambique by the European Union.

The European Union provided the Rwandan troops with €20 million as support for their peacekeeping deployment in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.

In July 2021, Rwandan security troops from both the army and police department were deployed in the Mozambican region of Cabo Delgado.

Mozambique invited Rwanda as part of a bilateral agreement between the two countries. Approximately 2500 Rwandan soldiers are presently operating alongside the Mozambican army in Cabo Delgado.

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, provided the financing information shortly after additional terrorist assaults in the area and after Rwandan President Paul Kagame revealed that the promises made to aid his country had not yet been fulfilled.

Since the mission’s launch, this is the first time the EU has provided funds for it.

However, as part of the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Mozambique, the EU has invested €89 million in the Mozambican Armed Forces.

The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Biruta, noted that the Rwandan government is against any act of terrorism and it would continue to do its part in combating the vile act. “Rwanda remains a reliable partner in the fight against terrorism on the continent and we are pleased to collaborate with the European Union in this work,” he said n Thursday as he announced that the government had received the funding from the European Union.

“We have increased the troops because since our arrival in Mozambique, many problems have been solved in collaboration with the Mozambicans. In the areas we operate in, the problem has been solved completely. But because the terrorists have fled to other areas of Mozambique, we could not reach in all regions.” He added.

Despite the minister’s assertions, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has charged Rwanda with aiding rebel organizations there. A charge that has sparked a contentious relationship between the two countries and included their neighbors.

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