Debris recovered from a southern African nation was “highly likely” to have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Australian government announced Thursday.

A statement said that an examination of two pieces of debris found on a beach in Mozambique concluded they were consistent with pieces from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft.

A photo taken on March 3, 2016 shows a piece of suspected aircraft wreckage found off the east African coast of Mozambique at Mozambique's Civil Aviation Institute in Maputo. (ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken on March 3, 2016 shows a piece of suspected aircraft wreckage found off the east African coast of Mozambique at Mozambique’s Civil Aviation Institute in Maputo. (ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)

“The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

He added, “That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling performed by CSIRO and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean.”

A photo taken on March 3, 2016 shows a piece of suspected aircraft wreckage found off the east African coast of Mozambique at Mozambique's Civil Aviation Institute in Maputo. (ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken on March 3, 2016 shows a piece of suspected aircraft wreckage found off the east African coast of Mozambique at Mozambique’s Civil Aviation Institute in Maputo. (ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images)

MH370 went missing while flying from Malaysia to Beijing in March 2014. The fuselage was never found and authorities continue to scour the ocean floor in search of it.

“The search for MH370 continues,” Chester said. “There are 25,000 square kilometres of the underwater search area still to be searched. We are focused on completing this task and remain hopeful the aircraft will be found.”

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