zimbabwe-mozambique flags.jpgThe Zimbabwe National Army has pledged to continue engaging with its Mozambican counterparts in areas of mutual friendship to further enhance the good relations between the two long-time allies.

This was revealed by Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda at a farewell dinner hosted for his Mozambican counterpart, Major General Eugenio Ussene Mussa at the Army Headquarters in Harare.

Lieutenant General Sibanda emphasised the importance of neighbouring countries cultivating mutual relations as well as fostering partnership and confidence between their armies.

“There is no better way of building this mutual confidence than by getting to  know each other,’’ said Lt. Gen Sibanda.

Major Gen Mussa hailed the excellent relations between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, saying “I have come to learn from ZNA because we have good relations that date back to the days before the independence of our two countries.’

General Mussa was in the country for a familiarisation tour.

During Mozambique’s fight against Portuguese imperialism, some Zimbabwean cadres fought alongside FRELIMO forces.

When Mozambique attained independence in 1975, it set up bases for Zimbabwe’s liberation fighters resulting in the Second Chimurenga intensifying leading to independence in 1980.

Zimbabwe’s Defence Forces later assisted FRELIMO in fighting RENAMO bandits who were backed by the Apartheid Regime in South Africa.