- Summit commends SADC Mission in Mozambique for successful operation
- SADC leaders express deep condolences to countries and families that lost lives
- Mozambique expressed its gratitude to SADC for the continued regional support
Malawi-The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), held in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi has been concluded. The Summit was held over a two-day period starting on the 11th and ending on the 12th January, 2022.
The Summit considered the report of the Organ Troika Summit plus Personnel Contributing Countries (PCCs) and the Republic of Mozambique held on 11 January 2022. It also commended the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), its leadership, and the troops for conducting successful operations and for the achievements recorded since the deployment of the Mission in July 2021.
Member States were commended for providing personnel, equipment and financial support, as well as making additional pledges towards the deployment of the SADC Mission in Mozambique and their commitment to regional peace and security and especially the enormous sacrifice made despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economies.
SADC leaders expressed deep condolences and sympathies to the countries and families of personnel who lost their lives while on deployment to the SADC Mission in Mozambique and wished those wounded in action a speedy recovery.
The Summit acknowledged the SADC Region for its unwavering commitment to peace and security, and for using its own resources in addressing and combating terrorism in Cabo Delgado, which is a unique precedent on the African continent. This includes acts of solidarity exhibited in the form of food pledges made by the Republics of Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe in order to alleviate the suffering faced by the internally displaced persons in the Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique.
In a statement the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community said “we approve the Framework for Support to the Republic of Mozambique in addressing terrorism which outlines, among others, actions for consolidating peace, security and socio-economic recovery of the Cabo Delgado Province. We note the good progress made since the deployment of the SADC Mission in Mozambique and extend its mandate with associated budgetary implications, and that will continue to monitor the situation going forward.”
The Republic of Mozambique expressed its gratitude to SADC for the continued regional support to Mozambique to combat acts of terrorism and violent extremism in some districts of Cabo Delgado Province, despite the limited resources and the current challenges imposed by the COVID 19 Pandemic. It also mentioned that it will initiate and implement the Cabo Delgado Reconstruction Plan to enable the delivery of social services and amenities.