BY BLAIR MHONE
President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, who is the current SADC Chairperson, has stressed the need for the region to commit itself to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.
He made the remarks in Lilongwe on Wednesday during the opening of the SADC Extraordinary Summit aimed at reviewing the progress of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) which was deployed to support Mozambique to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism.
He said this is the time the region needs to stick together to plan on ways to rebuild and provide humanitarian support to the people affected by the violence in Mozambique.
“We have to stand together now and through our commitments, endurance and solidarity, and as such we are going to prevail in fighting these terrorists,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera also noted with sadness the loss of troops who died in the line of duty in Cabo Delgado and sent condolence messages to all affected families.
In his remarks, SADC Executive Secretary, Elias Magosi, said SADC Secretariat will continue to engage and work in close collaboration with the Mission leadership and Government of Mozambique to ensure that the Mission achieves its objectives of restoring peace.
The SADC region will further continue supporting the Republic of Mozambique, in collaboration with humanitarian agencies in providing humanitarian relief to the population affected by terrorist activities, including internally displaced persons.