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Oct. 8, 2021

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SADC extends troops operation in Mozambique

SADC extends troops operation in Mozambique

SA president, Cyril Ramaphosa

Story highlights

  • Remarkable achievements made since deployment of mission
  • Three soldiers from Botswana & Tanzania died serving under SAMIM

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THE Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) along with the Republic of Mozambique, has approved the extension of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), a regional military operation mandated to combat acts of terrorism and violent extremism in the Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique.

The Standby Force Rapid Deployment Capacity (RDC) mission began on July 15 2021. A communiqué released at the end of the Summit that was held in Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday shows that the Summit urged Member States, in collaboration with humanitarian agencies, to continue providing humanitarian relief to the population affected by the terrorist attacks, including the internally displaced persons.
It also expressed deep condolences to the families and Governments of the Republic of Botswana and the United Republic of Tanzania for the loss of three soldiers who died serving under the SAMIM.
''Summit considered the progress report of the Regional Coordination Mechanism on the operations of SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) and commended the SAMIM leadership and their troops for the remarkable achievements made since the deployment of the Mission in July 2021,'' it highlighted.
The Summit expressed unwavering commitment to continue supporting the Republic of Mozambique in achieving peace and security in some districts of the central and northern Cabo Delgado province.

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It also acknowledged the expression of gratitude by the Government of the Republic of Mozambique for the region’s contribution in support to fight terrorism.
The Summit further commended Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, for his leadership and for convening the meeting.
In attendance at the Summit were Heads of State and Government or their representatives.

Apart from Lesotho, SAMIM includes personnel from South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Angola. LeNA

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