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Mozambique, Tanzania agree on border action

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Mozambique and Tanzania have agreed to carry out joint operations along their common maritime, land (756km) borders to tackle crimes that have recently been on the increase,APA learns on Saturday.According to state news agency AIM on Saturday, Defence minister Filipe Nyussi made the announcement at the launching a Master Plan which deals with the issues of maritime piracy, poaching, illegal immigration and other crimes.

Nyussi pointed out that “the success of our deliberations depends entirely on our dedication and delivery, as well as our capacity to ensure the involvement of the local population and other actors”.

The two countries met and decided to increase exchanges of information highlighting the need for joint training, communicating strategic information, holding provincial and regional meetings to combat emerging threats to border security, and establishing mechanisms for the transfer of convicted prisoners.

Nyussi stressed the importance of finalising the legal instrument that will bring into force the trilateral Memorandum on Maritime Security Cooperation signed by South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania.

He added that “the challenges facing out two peoples, and all of the Southern African region, including maritime piracy, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, human trafficking, poaching and the depletion of forest resources require us to work together”.

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