SADC summit approves force mission to help Mozambique fight terrorism

Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Southern African Development Community (SADC)

The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) approved Wednesday the deployment of a “force mission” to help Mozambique combat terrorism and violent extremism in its northern region.

The summit of the 16-member regional bloc endorsed the recommendations of the Report by the Chairperson of the bloc’s Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation, and the troops will be deployed under the SADC Standby Force, according to the communique released by the summit in Maputo.

The summit urged the SADC member states in collaboration with humanitarian agencies to continue providing support to the population affected by the terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado, including the internally displaced persons (IDPs), read the communique.

The Islamic State-related armed groups and insurgents have terrorized Cabo Delgado, Mozambique’s gas-rich province since 2017, causing more than 720,000 IDPs and 2,800 deaths, according to the Mozambican government. Enditem

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