Harare-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, today hosts a one day Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government to discuss the current security situation in Mozambique.
In a statement on Monday evening, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo: “The purpose of the Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit plus Mozambique is to consider the urgent security situation in Mozambique following its formal request to the regional body.”
The Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit is set to be attended by Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, Zambian President Edgar Lungu, and incoming chairperson of the Organ President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana.
This follows after Mozambique has filed a formal request tot the regional body to discuss the current threats from an Islamic insurgency operating in Cabo Delgado Province.
The Insurgency in Cabo Delgado is a conflict in Cabo Delgado Province mainly between Mozambican security forces and the Islamic militants who are attempting to establish an Islamic state in the country. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has allegedly become active in Mozambique from mid-2018. Its first attack against Mozambican security forces was in June 2019.
In 1996 SADC formed the Organ as a formal institution with the aim to support the achievement and maintenance of security in the SADC region. It is mandated to promote peace and security by providing directions to the state members concerning issues that disturbs peace, and security in the SADC region.