The Mozambican President and the current head of the bloc, Filipe Nyusi, at the opening of the meeting, highlighted the common interest in implementing initiatives aimed at pacifying the region in the interest of its social and economic development and protecting the defenseless population.
As he pointed out, SADC should be Mozambique’s main partner in the fight against terrorism in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, whose foreign relations highlight the danger facing other countries in the region and the need to enhance cooperation.
A statement issued here by the Presidency of the Republic announced that the forum will also discuss combating the COVID-19 pandemic and food security in the region.
In addition, the event will symbolically celebrate the group’s path, under the theme “SADC-40 Years of Building Peace and Security, Promoting Development and Resilience in the Face of Global Challenges.”
The CEO of Maputo confirmed that due to Covid-19, the extraordinary meeting will be held in a mixed and mixed format, in accordance with health measures.
The International Conference Center Joachim Chissano serves as the meeting place, which is attended by the Presidents of South Africa, Cyril Rambausa; from Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa; from Malawi, Lazarus Shakwera; from Tanzania, Samiya Solo Hassan; and from Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, among other African leaders.
The Heads of State and Government will study the recommendations made by the SADC Technical Team that visited Cabo Delgado recently.
In April of this year, SADC held a similar discussion in Maputo with the intervention of the member states of the so-called dual troika, the two governing bodies of the bloc.
The analysis served as an immediate reference point for the events of March 24, 2021 in the port city of Palma, when a group of Al-Shabab, affiliated with the Islamic State in Central Africa (ISCA), attacked that city in the province of Cabo. Delgado, which since 2017 has been the scene of frequent attacks.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) believes that terrorists are behaving increasingly complex because of the coordination of actions and the use of modern weapons.
Experts from the organization said that countries in the region are grappling with a much larger creature, which has a solid foundation of funding and supplies, including logistical support.
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