ED In Maputo For SADC Double Troika Summit

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ED In Maputo For SADC Double Troika Summit
ED In Maputo For SADC Double Troika Summit

Africa-PressZimbabwe. President Mnangagwa has arrived in Maputo, Mozambique for the SADC Extraordinary Double Troika Summit.

He was met at Maputo International Airport by Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Ernesto Max Tonela and Zimbabwe charge de affairs Mrs Chiduke.

He is accompanied by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Acting Minister Amon Murwira, Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Deputy Chief Secretary in Office of the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications) George Charamba.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa left the country early on Thursday morning for the Summit which is set to deliberate on the Islamist insurgency in Mozambique’s mineral-rich Cabo Delgado Province.

The SADC Extraordinary Double Troika Summit was called for by Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who is chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

It includes Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The Troika proper comprises Botswana, Zimbabwe, which was the previous chair of the organ and South Africa, which is the next chair.

In a statement on Tuesday, the SADC secretariat said the region was:

… deeply concerned about the continued terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado, especially for the lives and welfare of the residents who continue to suffer from the atrocious, brutal and indiscriminate assaults.

The insurgents who claim affiliation to the Islamic State (IS) began their terrorist activities in 2017.

The war captured global media attention when the terrorists attacked Palma, a coastal town of more than 100 000 people in Cabo Delgado Province on 24 March.

The town is near a US$60 billion gas project being developed by French energy giant Total.

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