MAPUTO, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The governments of Mozambique and Swaziland have set up a joint commission to deal with defense and security issues, according to a communique released on Thursday from the Mozambican's defense ministry.
The communique said that an agreement for the purpose was signed on Wednesday between the two neighbourind countries in the Mozambican capital, Maputo.
The document quoted the Mozambican defense minister, Filipe Nyusi, as saying that the project is in the ambit of regional integration and of the African Union.
He said it will also strengthen efforts by the two countries in the fight against human trafficking, drugs, legal immigration, among others, which are the main challenges between the two nations. Mozambique and Swaziland, as well as South Africa are the corridors for the drug and human trafficking.
The Swazi foreign minister defense and international cooperation, Mtiti Fakudze, signed for his government.
The agreement will intensify joint intervention through the setting up of collective committees for rapid fight against the wrong doings.
"We must take into consideration that planning is the vital element to achieve the goal", Nyusi was quoted by the communique as saying.
For his part, Fakudze said that the agreement constitutes an excellent act of formalization, and that the two nations have shown confidence with the accord.
Fakudze was also quoted as saying that "with this instrument it will be possible to control and reduce the wave of criminality, bring stability in the two nations".
Swaziland is the only neighbouring country in the region which has no committees with Mozambique in the defense and security.