sekeramayi sydney 24.02.11.jpgZimbabwe and Mozambique defence and security services have agreed that the two countries should continue to enhance cooperation and joint operations along the common border to ensure that all matters of security concerns to both countries are addressed as and when they arise.

 

This came out at the 5th Session of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security held in Harare.

 

The commission reiterated calls for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the illegal economic sanctions which they said are affecting the socio-economic well-being of ordinary people in Zimbabwe.

Leader of the Zimbabwean delegation at the conference, who is also Minister of State for National Security, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi described Mozambique as an all weather friend who has continued to stand by Zimbabwe even in the face of hardships brought about by the illegal sanctions imposed by the West.

 

He said attempts by the West to manipulate and deny Zimbabweans of their sovereign right to self determination and control over their resources remains a major threat confronting the country.

 

“The West continues to meddle in Zimbabwe’s affairs through the regime change agenda. We will continue to defend our sovereignty and the right to self determination and control of our God-given resources,” Dr Sekeramayi said.

 

The leader of the Mozambican delegation, Engineer Filipe Jacinto Nyusi who spoke in Portuguese, said Zimbabwe is not worthy to be penalised or punished through economic embargoes, hence the need for the European Union to give African nations a chance to solve their issues without the intervention of the west.

 

Zimbabwe and Mozambique’s relationship which date back to the days of the liberation struggle has been described by some analysts as like that of Siamese twins.

 

Thousands of Zimbabwe’s liberation fighters died in camps such as Chimoio and Nyadzonia as Mozambique supported Zimbabwe’s fight for independence.

 

Zimbabwe later on supported Mozambique to attain peace during the RENAMO insurrection in the 1980s.