Hakainde Hichilema, Président zambien

SADC meets to discuss conflicts in DRC and Mozambique

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will meet next Saturday at an extraordinary summit to address the worrying security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mozambique.

According to a press release from the SADC secretariat, based in Gaborone, this Wednesday, the leaders of the regional body will meet this Saturday, March 23 in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. The main agenda will focus on the situation in the eastern part of the DRC and in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, two regions affected by armed conflicts and acts of violence.

The meeting will also see an update on the ongoing operations of the SADC Mission in the DRC (SAMIDRC) and the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), deployed to restore peace, security and stability in these troubled areas. Troops participating in these missions come from several SADC member countries.

Chaired by Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, this SADC meeting is of vital importance in regional efforts to stem violence and establish stability. The discussions are also expected to discuss the challenges facing SADC peacekeeping missions and identify new strategies to enhance their effectiveness.