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The extra Organ Troika Summit meeting which President Lazarus Chakwera attended Friday in Botswana noted with concern the acts of terrorism in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region.

The day-long meeting, which included the Force Intervention Brigade, said the acts are gross in Cabo Delgado Province of the Republic of Mozambique and expressed continued Sadc solidarity with Mozambique.

“It was an emergency meeting for the countries to consider such things, Malawi is a contributing country with regard to peacekeeping in DRC…also, I am the incoming chairperson of Sadc,” President Chakwera had said on departure in Lilongwe.

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A communique from the Sadc website showed that Heads of State from Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique were in attendance.

According to the website, the summit directed that it should urgently consider the finalisation of a comprehensive regional response and support to Mozambique.

The five member states summit also accepted the proposal by the United Nations to re-align the current Force Intervention Brigade troop’s strength to create the headroom for the Quick Reaction Forces and generate two from the Sadc troops contributing countries.

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The summit has commended the chairperson of Sadc organ on politics, defence and security co-operation for convening the meeting despite the existence of Covid-19 pandemic.

Malawi has been contributing troops in peacekeeping missions in countries such as DRC.

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