The outgoing Chairperson of the Regional Body, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, says there is a need for the grouping to come up with measures that ensure continued peace and stability in the region.
"My country has been affected heavily economically and socially because of the terrorism acts which has also resulted in the loss of lives," bemoaned Nyusi.
President Nyusi added, "the terrorist group, also known as Al-Shabab an Islamist armed group linked to the Islamic State (ISIS), is terrorising the gas-rich town of Palma in northern Cabo Delgado province. These attacks started in October 2017."
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera is in attendance.
Speaking earlier, Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, said the surge of terrorism is a big concern to the regional body and she believes that the Heads of State attending the SADC Double Troika Meeting will come up with measures to end the violence.
According to the United Nations, nearly 670,000 people have been displaced in Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula by the end of last year with more than 570 violent incidents recorded in 2020 alone.