SADC troika meets to discuss Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado conflict

By ZBC Reporter

THE SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation is set to meet in Maputo, Mozambique this Thursday with the ongoing conflict in Cabo Delgado province high on the agenda.

The meeting will be chaired by Botswana President Mogkweetsi Masisi and attended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa as outgoing and incoming chairpersons of the troika.

Last week, President Masisi was in Zimbabwe where he met President Mnangagwa and stressed on the need for SADC to respond in a helpful manner and protect the sovereignty of Mozambique.

Mozambique has been grappling with insurgents engaging in acts of banditry in the country’s natural gas rich Cabo Delgado province, 1 600 kilometres from the capital, Maputo.

Last week’s attacks in the province’s town of Palma saw the chair of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat calling for urgent and coordinated regional and international response to the crisis in Mozambique.

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