The only declared candidate for the African seat on the UN Security Council for 2023-2024, Mozambique is now looking to garner support in Europe.
Rwandan army officers have made a number of trips to the northern Mozambican gas-producing province. They are looking into how they might intervene against the violent armed groups operating there.
Total is walking on eggshells with the Mozambican authorities, wanting to both draw lessons from the close of its LNG facility build and stand firm on the terms of its return.
On 28 April, Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi took off in his private jet from Pemba in Cabo Delgado for a destination kept secret from most.
On top of diplomatic and military aid to the Central African Republic, Rwanda has quietly been placing its pawns in the country's mining sector and has its sights set on various infrastructure projects. This economic entryism is made possible by a handful of advisors close to the CAR president.
Of all the directorates of the Southern African Development Community, the one charged with regional political, defence, and security issues is by far the most strategic. Headed by Angola's Jorge Cardoso, it has to humour the changing moods of the organisation's rotating presidents at a time when a SADC military response is increasingly expected in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.