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SADC mission to continue with operations in Mozambique

The southern Africa Development community, SADC says troops from member states will continue helping in the fight against insurgents in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.

This has been revealed at the end of SADC extra ordinary review meeting which was held in Lilongwe, Malawi on 12th January 2022.

Speaking during the meeting SADC executive secretary Elias Magosi the summit provided the overall direction of collective response to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism in Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique and curtail any potential spillage to other areas of the region.

“in dealing with issues regarding the mission in Mozambique, we fully understand that we are in an emergency that we need to move with speed to implement the decisions taken by our heads of state and government,” said Magosi.

 According to the SADC executive secretary what is happening in Mozambique especially is some districts of Cabo Delgado the potential not only to erode peace and security which the region has enjoyed for a long time but also to reverse the socio economic gains of the region.

In his speech president of Malawi who is also SADC chairperson, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera said the collective mission is paramount and ongoing and stakes for all member states are high since they are fighting for the regions peace and security and also fighting for sustainability of the quest of the integration, and socio economic development.

 Dr. Lazarus Chakwera :The collective mission is paramount and ongoing and stakes for all member states are high since they are fighting for the regions peace and security.

“I want you to know that the SADC mission in Mozambique is making remarkable progress. For this credit goes to the resilience of our troops but also to the leadership of the mission,” cited Dr. Chakwera.

Dr. Chakwera added that the success they have registered buy standing shoulder to shoulder with the Defence Force in Mozambique has brought renewed hope to the affected population especially internally displaced persons, including women and children, as they look forward to a better tomorrow in which they can return to their homes.

“Let me also take this opportunity to commend and applaud SADC member state who have contributed personnel, equipment, and financial resources towards the deployment and success of the mission,” added Dr. Chakwera.

 

 

Last year in July the region deployed the SADC Mission to support Mozambique to deal with the threat of terrorism and violent extremism in some district of Cabo Delgado province.

The just ended summit reviewed and considered the progress of the SADC mission in Mozambique and the Framework for support to the Republic of Mozambique to combat terrorism.

 

 

 

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