Sadc extraordinary meet agrees to send 'technical team' to Mozambique

Chakwera and Ramaphosa

A Southern African Development Community (SADC) extraordinary meeting, which was convened to discuss the ongoing security challenges in Mozambique, has expressed concern on the impact terrorism is having on the people of that country's Cabo Delgado region.

The SADC Double Troika Summit has since recommended technical deployment to Mozambique to aid its fight against the insurgency in its northern region of Cabo Delgado.

The meeting, which was convened to discuss the ongoing security challenges, also expressed concern on the impact the terrorism is having on the people of that region.

Last month, dozens were killed where IS-linked militants attacked a hotel in the coastal town of Palma.

The SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security led by Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi released a statement following their meeting. Without details – it’s committed to technical deployments but it’s not clear what that deployment will entail. There is also nothing on which countries will be involved in the deployment.

The statement, however, goes on to commend Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi’s leadership despite harsh criticism from other frontiers like human rights advocacy groups.

More than 700 000 people have been displaced and hundreds killed since the insurgency broke out in 2017.

The Troika also set another meeting for Ministers for the end of the month.

Malawi's President McCarthy Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday attended a SADC extraordinary Double Troika Summit in Maputo-Mozambique to discuss security issues in that country along with other heads of state in the region.

Member states of the Troika organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation comprising Botswana (current Chair), South Africa (incoming Chair) and
Zimbabwe (previous Chair) met.

It was expected that this organ would later brief the SADC Double Troika members comprising Mozambique (Current Chair of SADC), Republic of Malawi (incoming Chair) and Tanzania (outgoing
Chair).

The SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation's overall objective is to promote peace and security in the region.

Palma in Cabo Delgado, leaving thousands displaced by the attacks they carried out in the area.
 

Source:
SABC/Mana