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Gas-Rich Mozambique, Tanzania Rally to End Insurgency

  • Regional bloc to discuss Islamist insurrection next week
  • Worsening violence threatens $60 billion in LNG projects
Pedestrians walk past parked vehicles outside a Total SA gas station in Maputo, Mozambique, on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Mozambique missed a $119 million payment due Tuesday on a loan Credit Suisse Group AG arranged, the second debt repayment the government failed to make in as many months.
Pedestrians walk past parked vehicles outside a Total SA gas station in Maputo, Mozambique, on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Mozambique missed a $119 million payment due Tuesday on a loan Credit Suisse Group AG arranged, the second debt repayment the government failed to make in as many months.Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Mozambique and Tanzania are strengthening their relations to fight cross-border terrorism ahead of a regional summit on the insurgency that threatens almost $60 billion of natural gas projects.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi traveled to Tanzania to hold talks with his counterpart John Magufuli ahead of a Southern African Development Community meeting next week that will seek to draft a regional response. The bloc failed to come up with specific strategies in successive meetings last year. The two leaders agreed to resume a joint commission on defense and security, Nyusi told reporters Monday on his return.