Borrell is canceling his visit to Mozambique due to a positive in his environment, but is staying on the trip to the US

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has canceled the visit he was due to make to Mozambique on Sunday and Monday after a positive coronavirus was detected in his area.

The head of European diplomacy’s African tour began with Kenya, where Borrell met various authorities, including President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, when the first part of the tour was completed, a positive result came out of the PCR tests carried out by the European delegation before leaving for Mozambique.

Foreign affairs spokeswoman Nabila Massrali has said that after hearing about the positive result of a member of his team, the Spanish politician decided not to continue the trip out of caution. European sources confirm to Europa Press that Borrell has tested negative in the tests carried out so far and that the trip is only being suspended as a precaution.

Borrell is canceling his visit to Mozambique due to a positive in his environment, but is staying on the trip to the US
Borrell is canceling his visit to Mozambique due to a positive in his environment, but is staying on the trip to the US

According to Belgian legislation, followed by members of the European Commission, a person who is a positive contact does not have to remain isolated, although they limit contacts and keep a safe distance.

That is why the Foreign Minister’s planned trip to the United States for next Sunday remains on his agenda. A meeting is scheduled in Washington with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who arrives in the midst of EU diplomatic exercises with the United States to coordinate their positions on the Ukraine crisis.

The bloc is focused on strengthening coordination with international allies to defuse tensions with Russia, whose massive deployment on Ukraine’s border is raising fears of possible aggression, and on preparing a common response to any possible Russian action.

As Massrali reports, the diplomatic chief has made up for his absence in Mozambique with a series of telephone contacts with President Filipe Nyusi and other political authorities in the country.

In Maputo, Borrell was to discuss the progress of the EU training mission in Mozambique, launched last September under Portuguese auspices to curb jihadism in Cabo Delgado province. He also planned a visit to one of the military camps where European commanders train Mozambican forces.

In his place, the Deputy Secretary General of the External Action Service for Security Policy, Charles Fries, met the Secretary of Defense to whom he conveyed the EU’s support for the military training mission.

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