SADC will deploy troops to Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province from July 15 to help quell insurgency-fuelled attacks.
A letter by the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Secretariat to the UN Secretary-General Dr António Guterres asked him to share the information on troop deployment with the UN Security Council.
The SADC military intervention in Cabo Delgado is expected to last three months with the possibility of an extension.
The mission’s objectives include to “support the Republic of Mozambique in the fight against acts of terrorism and extremist violence, and support the country in restoring the rule of law in the affected areas of Cabo Delgado province,” the statement reads.
Last month, Southern African countries approved a US$12 million budget for the deployment of troops to help fight an Islamic State-linked insurgency in northern Mozambique.The announcement was made by the Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister who addressed journalists after a Council of Ministers virtual meeting. – The East African