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Mozambican president visits region where violent clashes forced hundreds to flee


MAPUTO, Mozambique — State-run radio is reporting that Mozambique's president travelled to the northwest of the country where fighting between government troops and opposition fighters has forced hundreds to flee to neighboring Malawi.

Radio Mozambique reported on Tuesday that Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has travelled to the Tete province, where troops from the Frelimo-led government have clashed with fighters loyal to Renamo, the official opposition party, since early July.

Radio Mozambique said Nyusi is to meet with Renamo's longtime leader, Afonso Dhlakama on an unconfirmed date.

A private television station in Mozambique aired footage showing dozens of people crossing the border on foot, many carrying their belongings on their heads.

Negotiators from both political parties, once civil war enemies, have blamed each other for violating a peace accord signed in September last year.

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