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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Defense commemorate security cooperation at closing ceremony of JCET training exercise
May 5, 2021 – U.S. Ambassador Dennis W. Hearne and Mozambican Minister of Defense Jaime Neto commemorated in Maputo the conclusion of a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) training exercise. Twenty years since the last JCET exercise in Mozambique, this training program represents the strengthening relationship between the United States of America and the Republic of Mozambique.
“As I witnessed the impressive battlefield skills during a demonstration at the training facility, I was proud of the work our countrymen were able to accomplish together,” said Ambassador Hearne.
U.S. Special Operations Forces trained Mozambican marines for two months on tactical skills, combat casualty care, marksmanship, and executing a mission while avoiding damage to civilians and property. This training exercise reflects the United States Government’s commitment to support the Government of Mozambique’s efforts to defeat ISIS with a holistic strategy that includes socio-economic development, community resilience programs, and security assistance. The United States prioritizes the respect for human rights, protection of civilians, and engagement with civil society in all components of U.S. security assistance. They are foundational to effectively counter the Islamic State in Mozambique. A second JCET training exercise is expected in July 2021.
For more information about this press release, please contact the U.S. Embassy Maputo Press Office at MaputoPress@state.gov.