The United States of America yesterday announced the completion of the first part of the Mozambican Marines training programme, taught by US military personnel, in support of Mozambican forces fighting armed groups in Cabo Delgado.
U.S. Ambassador Dennis W. Hearne and Mozambican Minister of Defense Jaime Neto commemorated in Maputo the conclusion of a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) training exercise.
“As I witnessed the impressive battlefield skills during a demonstration at the training facility, I was proud of the work our countrymen were able to accomplish together,” said Ambassador Hearne.
Twenty years since the last JCET exercise in Mozambique, this training program represents the strengthening relationship between the United States of America and the Republic of Mozambique.
The training program was administered by the US Special Operations Forces and lasted for two months, with one of the main objectives being the strengthening of the Mozambican forces in combating the insurgents who have been carrying out attacks in Cabo Delgado.
The note concludes: “U.S. Special Operations Forces trained Mozambican marines for two months on tactical skills, combat casualty care, marksmanship, and executing a mission while avoiding damage to civilians and property.
This training exercise reflects the United States Government’s commitment to support the Government of Mozambique’s efforts to defeat ISIS with a holistic strategy that includes socio-economic development, community resilience programs, and security assistance.
The United States prioritizes the respect for human rights, protection of civilians, and engagement with civil society in all components of U.S. security assistance. They are foundational to effectively counter the Islamic State in Mozambique. A second JCET training exercise is expected in July 2021.”