Mozambique takes up new role on UN Security Council

Mozambique has taken up a seat as part of the UN security council.

The country was elected in a democratic vote with Mozambique the only nation running for the African seat. Mozambique joins four other non-permanent countries including Ecuador, Japan, Malta and Switzerland on the council. The UN Security Council comprises 15 members, five permanent and 10 non-permanent.

Other nations congratulated Mozambique on its new role, including Portugal. Portugal’s foreign ministry wrote on Twitter: “Portugal congratulates the five new non-permanent members of the Security Council – Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland – for the 2023-2024 biennium, recognising the importance of the presence of a Portuguese-speaking country in this important UN body.”

On Thursday, the Mozambican minister of foreign affairs and cooperation expressed confidence in his country’s election to the UN Security Council, saying that the experience in the fight against terrorism would be an “advantage” in its favour. Verónica Macamo said that in her country’s favour was its experience fighting terrorism, particularly in Cabo Delgado.

The Mozambican province is rich in natural gas but has been terrorised since 2017 by armed rebels, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

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