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SADC working to avert Mozambique crisis – HH

By KETRA KALUNGA

THE cost to countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be higher if Mozambique is not supported to end the insurgency, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

President Hichilema said if Mozambique is not supported the cost would be higher on SADC countries if the insurgency is spread than what would be spent helping that country end the infighting before it explodes.

He told journalist on arrival from the SADC extraordinary summit held in Malawi yesterday that the SADC was working to stop what was going on in the Cabo Delgado region and other parts of Mozambique where the terrorists are based.

‘’We know that  they are expanding, we know that if we don’t help Mozambique we are basically not helping our selves, trouble anywhere is trouble everywhere,’’ he said.

The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has concluded in the capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe.

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Meanwhile, the summit has since approved the framework for support to Mozambique the address terrorism.

According to the statement issued at the close of the summit held in Malawi yesterday and made available by the SADC secretariat, the framework outlines among other things, the actions for consolidating peace, security and socio-economic recovery of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique.

He stated that the summit also considered the report of the Organ Troika Summit plus Personnel Contributing Countries (PCCs) and the Republic of Mozambique held on 11 January, 2022.

The summit commended the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) leadership and the troops for conducting successful operations and for the achievements recorded since the deployment of the mission in July 2021. 

President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera and Chairperson of SADC, was commended for successfully convening and hosting the extraordinary summit.  

Other Heads of State and Government that attended the summit were Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi, Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa.

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