Condemning these terrorist attacks in Mozambique allegedly perpetrated by an Islamic State terrorist cell, the leaders of the regional bloc pledged to support this member state in its fight against terrorism.
“The summit expressed the solidarity and commitment of SADC to support Mozambique in its fight against terrorism and violent attacks, and condemned all acts of terrorism and armed attacks,” the statement said.
Mozambique’s decision to bring violent attacks on its territory to SADC’s attention was hailed by the two-day summit which also praised Maputo for its continued efforts in combating the terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado which lost Port Mocímboa da Praia for the benefit of terrorists two weeks ago.
The Mozambican army is said to have surrounded the terrorists in order to drive them out of the port city of Mocímboa da Praia.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro, Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, as well as Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke at the summit .
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi was elected chair of the body for politics, defence and security cooperation, while Ramaphosa was elected incoming chair of the body for politics, defence and security cooperation.
When the health situation allows, leaders agreed to hold a summit in Maputo in March 2021, the statement said.