Mozambique would like to acquire Russian weapons under military cooperation

Mozambique is currently in talks with Russia to discuss weapons it would like to get under the military and technical cooperation agreement, Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Pacheco told TASS on the threshold of the talks in Moscow.

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Mozambican Marines aboard the USS Robert G. Bradley practice visit, board, search and seizure techniques with U.S. Navy sailor. (Picture source Africom)

"The military agreement is part of the process of developing bilateral relations between Mozambique and Russia," Pacheco said.

"We have this agreement and it covers different areas. Training of military personnel and the delivery of various equipment are among our priorities," he added.

"We are discussing technical issues with Russia to specify what Mozambique really needs and how all these purchases can be financed. I believe that we will see the results of the agreement sooner or later," the Mozambican foreign minister said.

The document on bilateral military and technical cooperation was signed on December 22, 2015 in the Mozambican capital of Maputo. It envisages the delivery of military hardware and its further maintenance. The document was signed for five years and can be automatically prolonged for further five-year periods.