CHINA TO FUND CONSTRUCTION OF BARRACKS IN MOZAMBIQUE

MAPUTO, The Chinese government has pledged 60 million yuan (about 8.8 million US dollars at current exchange rates) for the construction of military barracks in the southern Mozambican province of Maputo as part of a package of Chinese support for the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM).

The announcement was made here Tuesday by Minister of Defence Salvador M’tumuke following an audience by President Filipe Nyusi to China’s Minister of Defence, Chang Wanquan.

M’tumuke added that during the audience, Chang delivered a message from China’s President Xi Jinping to his Mozambican counterpart.

The Chinese Minister of Defence began his visit to Mozambique on Monday, as part of a three-nation African tour.

M’tumuke stressed the importance of the visit, which serves as an opportunity to strengthen co0operation, friendship and solidarity between the two peoples and countries, which date back to the 1960s.

He reiterated the intention of the Mozambican authorities to further develop co-operation with China in the areas of training, infrastructure, logistics and military health with a view to making the Mozambican Armed Forces better able to carry out its mission.

Chang said the programmes currently being implemented were the result of the consensus reached between the two countries during the State visit of President Nyusi to China in May 2016. Chang also stressed that peace and stability are paramount for Mozambique’s development.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK