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Sadc vows to stamp out terrorism

SADC has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting terrorism in the region, pledging solidarity with Mozambique in efforts to combat insurgency in pursuit of peace.

 

This came out of a SADC Double Troika meeting held in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, yesterday which also resolved to convene an extraordinary summit by June 20 to discuss the evolving security situation in the region.

 

President Mnangagwa joined five other regional leaders during the high-level indaba which was called to marshal a robust regional response to growing threats of violent insurgency afflicting northern Mozambique.

The Double Troika comprises Mozambique, the current SADC chair; Malawi (incoming chair) and the United Republic of Tanzania (immediate-past chair).

 

Other members include countries that constitute the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation — Botswana (current chair), South Africa (incoming) and Zimbabwe (outgoing).

 

In a communiqué at the end of the Summit, the SADC secretariat said: “Summit received a report of the chairperson of the Organ on the security situation in Cabo Delgado Province, northern part of Mozambique and reaffirmed its solidarity with the Government and people of the Republic of Mozambique, and its continued efforts in addressing terrorism and ensuring lasting peace and security in Mozambique, which is also a threat to the SADC region.

“Summit noted the progress in finding a lasting solution to terrorism and acts of violent extremism in Cabo Delgado Province, and considered the proposed regional response in support of the Republic of Mozambique.

 

“Summit agreed to convene an extraordinary Summit by 20 June 2021 to be held in the Republic of Mozambique

 

Insurgents attacked the coastal city of Palma on March 24 and displaced thousands of peopl

 

SADC has already committed to a sub-regional response to deal with the deteriorating security situation in Mozambique, which threatens the whole region.

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