Kerry praises Mozambique peace deal as 'historic step'

Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza (L) shakes hands with rebel Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama on September 5, 2014 at the Presidential palace in MaputoUS Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Mozambique Friday for signing a peace deal, saying it was a “historic step forward” after a two-year conflict. He praised President Armando Guebuza and Mozambican rebel Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, who had come out of hiding to sign the deal, for showing “statesmanship.” “Free, fair, and transparent national elections in October are a critical next step, which will help pave the way for a brighter, democratic future for Mozambique,” Kerry added. “The people of Mozambique demand and deserve a more peaceful, prosperous, and secure future,” the top US diplomat said, stressing that the United States “stands in partnership with Mozambique as it continues on its remarkable journey.”

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