Total returns to Mozambique when terrorism situation is "calm

The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, said Tuesday that Total will return to Mozambique when everything "is calm", referring to the armed conflict in the north of the country, after meeting with the chairman of the oil company's board in Paris.

"Total can demand that there be tranquility and there is peace to develop its economic projects. [...] It has helped in terms of social responsibility, with hospitals and schools, they have helped in the distribution of water to the population. [Total will come back] when it is calm," assured the Mozambican Head of State, in statements to journalists.

Filipe Nyusi has been participating since yesterday in the Summit on the Future of African Economies, organized by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, which takes place in the French capital and brings together more than 20 African and European leaders.

The President of the Republic arrived in Paris on Monday morning, taking the opportunity to meet with Total, but also with other giants such as Air France or the Société Generale bank, which has an operation in Mozambique.

Total recently suspended a $25 billion investment in the country due to insecurity in Cabo Delgado province, the scene of attacks for the past three years.

"Total is a private company, it is not militarized nor does it have a force to fight. The obligation to defend the economic interests are of the countries, in this specific case we all have an interest in stabilizing and defending the state," reinforced the Head of State.

At Monday's meeting, the chairman of Total's board of directors, Patrick Pouyanné, said that the company had experienced a "dramatic" situation.

"Of course we faced a dramatic situation in Cabo Delgado, in Palma, recently, so we had to make decisions," namely "not to keep staff in Afungi" (the project construction site), he said, adding that the company has "full" confidence in the Mozambican government to appease the region.

"As soon as Cabo Delgado returns to peace, Total will return," the CEO of the French oil company assured.

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