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Malawi-Mozambique in joint cross-border crime fight

Malawi and Mozambique delegation

The governments of Malawi and Mozambique have revitalised their commitments toward the fight against cross-border crimes.

Commitments were made during a 3-day, and 15th session-meeting of the Malawi -Mozambique joint permanent commission on defence and security on Friday in Blantyre.

The meeting brought together top officials from the two countries’ security agencies.

Speaking during the meeting Defence Minister who is also Chairperson of the commission Harry Mkandawire, said Malawi Government is committed to continue working together with the Mozambican counterpart in the fight against terrorism and other cross-border crimes.

Mkandawire explained that Malawi and Mozambique share a lot in common, stating that a problem for Mozambique equally affects Malawi and vice versa.

“I can assure the Mozambican government that we have sealed the borders because we prioritize peace and international cooperation with the fight against terrorism and other cross-border crimes.” said Mkandawire.

On the other hand, Homeland Security Minister Kenneth Zikhale Ng’oma called for collaborated effort to fight cross-border crimes.

Ng’oma expressed concern that some foreign nationals come into Malawi under the pretext of being refugees which in turn pose a threat to the country’s security and economy.

Ng’oma stressed that collaboration is key toward achieving peace, stability and sustainable development for the benefit of people from the two nations.

“Terrorism and other cross-border crimes negatively affect the security and economy of the country, as such we need to collaborate to fight illicit trade, cyber-crimes, smuggling of goods and human trafficking.” advised Homeland Security Minister.

Meanwhile, Mozambican Minister of National Defence Cristovao Artur Chiume thanked the Malawian government for the commitment shown in the fight against cross-border crimes.

Chiume said, “Mozambique terrorism is an issue of great concern, hence calling for collaboration and dedication in the fight against the vice.”

Chiume disclosed that good collaboration with neighboring countries has drastically improved terrorism situation in Mozambique.

He has since expressed his government’s commitment to continue working together with the Malawian government to spearhead international relations for the well-being of people from the two nations.

The conference that started on 28th-30th June has seen delegates deliberate on issues of international security, international boundaries, peace, wildlife protection and development among others.

The conference is being held annually as a way of improving security and strengthening international relations between Malawi and Mozambique.

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