Remarks by Ambassador Domingos Estêvão Fernandes, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the UN, at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

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February 15, 2024

The representative of Mozambique noted that, despite significant setbacks, Da’esh remains a formidable adversary.

That entity’s degraded military capabilities in Iraq and Syria have not eliminated the risk of its resurgence, with the volatility and conflict in the Middle East, in West Africa and the Sahel “presenting opportunities for it to metastasize further”, he stressed.

Stressing the continuous need to adapt to changing tactics and asymmetric threats, he called on the international community to constantly stay ahead and attuned to the transformed landscape of counter-terrorism.

“One size fits all responses have proven to be counterproductive,” he stressed.

Noting that “Africa has proven time and again to be capable of doing its part,” he recalled that in August 2023, the Government of Mozambique ratified Law No. 14/2023 to prevent and combat money laundering and terrorist financing, and has undertaken a series of security, legal, judicial, and administrative actions.

Mozambican Defence Forces, in partnership with the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique and the Rwandan Defence Forces, continue the relentless fight, culminating most recently in the elimination of the operational leader in August 2023.

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