“The funding was announced by the US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, at a Maputo press conference on Tuesday [June 14], held shortly after [Mozambique] President Filipe Nyusi had granted her an audience,” according to AIM.
“This sum [$14 million per year] will allow the United States government to work on the reconstruction of Cabo Delgado and the rest of the country, and in training young people for employment, and thus discouraging them from being recruited by the terrorists,” Nuland declared on Tuesday in a statement published by AIM.
“The fund has already been approved by the United States Congress, and the agreement could be signed within the next two months,” Nuland said.
Nuland personally confirmed her meeting with Nyusi in a tweet posted on the account she uses for Twitter, on June 15.
“Honored to meet with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi to discuss U.S. support for security, stabilization, prosperity, health, and peace in Mozambique,” she wrote.
Cabo Delgado is a coastal province in Mozambique's northern region which was ravaged by jihadist terrorists in March 2021. The Islamist rebellion forced French power company, Total, to cease every operation at the natural gas treatment facility close to the Cabo Delgado resort town Palma, on April 20, 2021, which effectively shut down the economy of the region. The natural gas liquefaction plant close to Palma is the largest source of investment from foreign investors across Africa ($20 billion) before being ordered to stop production.
The jihadist attack of March 2021 on Palma was carried out by hundreds of terrorists affiliated with the group called “Al-Shabaab,” which is the name used to describe the Mozambique affiliated group from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Mozambique-based “Al-Shabaab” organization is distinct from Somalia's “Al-Shabaab” terror group, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Mozambique's “Al-Shabaab” stormed Palma -where they housed a majority of foreign workers on March 24 2021. They Islamic State jihadis subsequently laid the community under siege from March 24 until the 29th. They took control of local military barracks, homes, banks, and businesses. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Palma on its website through its propaganda channel known as The Amaq News Agency, on March 29th, 2021. The terrorist group claimed that the raid “resulted in the deaths of 55 Mozambican forces and Christians including contractors from outside the country.”