Rwanda has sent the first contingent of 1,000 troops in Mozambique to battle an Islamic State-linked insurgency in Cabo Delgado Province.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi visited Kigali in April this year and signed a bilateral agreement with President Paul Kagame.
The deployment of the Rwanda Defence Force and the Rwanda National Police follows this arrangement.
“The Rwandan contingent will support efforts to restore Mozambican State authority by conducting combat and security operations, as well as stabilisation and security-sector reform,” government said Friday.
Rwandan troops will join forces with troops deployed under the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which agreed in June to send a contingent to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism in the region.
“This deployment is based on the good bilateral relations between the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Mozambique, following the signing of several agreements between the two countries in 2018, and is grounded in Rwanda’s commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine and the 2015 Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians,” the government says.
Thousands have been killed and others displaced due to insecurity in the gas-rich region since 2017 after terror attacks linked to Islamic militants.