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China pledges $18M to build new Mozambican armed forces barracks

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Visiting Chinese Defence Minister Chang WanQuan has promised that China will continue to support training programmes for the Mozambique defence armed forces (FADM) staff, as well as exchange programmes between their military higher education institutions, APA can report on Wednesday.To that effect, Defence Minister Chang WanQuan announced the provision of additional funding to Mozambique’s Ministry of National Defence of $18 million to build barracks in the country.
The agreement was formalised late on Tuesday during a meeting between the ministerial delegations of defence of Mozambique and China.
Mozambican Defence Minister (MDN) Atanásio M’tumuke said the funds will finance the construction of a defence and security forces (FDS) barracks in Maputo province.
According to Minister M’tumuke, Chang WanQuan and President Nyusi held a courtesy meeting which reviewed the state of cooperation between Mozambique and China in various sectors.
Chang Wanquan, who is on a three-day visit to Mozambique since Monday, also held a closed door meeting with his Mozambican counterpart, and in a media statement recalled Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi’s visit to the People’s Republic of China in May 2017.
Defence Minister Atanasio M’tumuke, the statement said, emphasised the need to further strengthen bilateral relations.
M’tumuke said in addition to training for the FADM, the two countries should also cooperate in military infrastructure, logistics and health, to make the Mozambican defence forces more operational.

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