Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcoming President of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi > US Department of Defense > Transcript

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SECOND. AUSTIN: Mr. President, it’s great to see you again. And I hear you had a productive week at the United Nations General Assembly. Congratulations on signing another agreement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation to link development and defense. And thank you for your leadership at the UN Security Council on issues ranging from climate change to the role of women in security.

We also share your determination to prevent illegal fishing and trafficking in the region. I therefore appreciate your partnership to strengthen maritime security and domain knowledge. We are committed to continuing to work together to eliminate the causes of conflict and strengthen security in the region, and this is at the heart of the U.S. strategy to prevent conflict and promote stability. We are investing in our partnership with Mozambique to strengthen regional stability.

We align diplomacy, development and defense to combat the forces that fuel instability and insecurity. Let me therefore commend your important work in bringing peace to your country after so many years of violence through efforts such as the signing of the Maputo Peace Accords and the demobilization of former combatants.

Terrorism remains a significant threat to regional security, and both our countries have suffered from terrorism and we are in it together. We are therefore deeply grateful for your partnership in combating violent extremist groups in northern Mozambique, and your cooperation with the Southern African Development Community, the European Union and others shows the power of partnership in fight against violent extremism.

We are also pleased to continue our partnership with the Mozambique Armed Forces and look forward to deepening military training between our countries.

Finally, Hurricane Freddy reminded us earlier this year of the dire effects climate change can have on security, and we remain committed to working with you to mitigate these dangers.

Mr. President, thank you for your leadership to strengthen regional security and for all you do to deepen our defense partnership. We are absolutely delighted to welcome you here, Mr. President. So thank you for taking the time to visit us today.

Mister President?

PRESIDENT FILIPE NYUSI (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Thank you very much. I would like to express my gratitude to you for the opportunity you are offering me to discuss, to compare notes on the area, the important area, under your leadership, defense.

I am deeply touched that after our phone conversation, I mentioned that I would be here in Washington, DC on the 21st, and it was very quick to schedule a meeting. And there we are, meeting again.

I did not have the opportunity to present my delegation but I am here with the Minister of Economy and Finance Max Tonela and the Ambassador of Mozambique to the United States. On this side, I have the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and my diplomatic advisor.

I would like to sincerely thank you, President Biden and the Government of the United States of America for the support we receive in various areas, from the economy to health and security.

I remember that in the times of COVID-19 we did not have many possibilities, but your country lent us a hand and supported us to face these problems, and indeed, we are very grateful to you grateful.

Following your advice, I did indeed welcome General Michael Langley into my office. He was with me. We talked, we compared notes and I expressed to him our requirements for defense cooperation.

Regarding the MCC, I completely agree with you and also on the fight against terrorism as well as on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and reconciliation, as well as on the need to monitor our maritime domain, to raise awareness in this domain . Indeed, we need to check these measures and do a little more in this area.

We remain ready to receive ships from the United States of America visiting us in Mozambique, which provides a joint training opportunity with our own Navy. And we will indeed remain ready to deepen our cooperation in this regard.

So those are my introductory remarks at this point. THANKS.

SECOND. AUSTIN: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And again, we’re delighted to have you here and I look forward to a great conversation.

Thank you all.

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