Written by  Aston Gondwe
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to extend the mandate of its standby force in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, to continue fighting acts of terror and extremism. 
The SADC Heads of State The SADC Heads of State
Heads of State and Government from the 16 member bloc have resolved at the end of a two-day extraordinary Summit held in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe. 
In his closing remarks on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, SADC Chairperson and Malawi leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera urged Southern African leaders not to relent on their mission, pointing out that the conflict there is a threat to regional peace. 
"I want you to know that the standby mission to Mozambique is making remarkable progress. For this, credit goes to the resilience of our troops, but also the leadership of the mission," said Dr Chakwera. 
"The success they have registered by standing shoulder to shoulder with the Defence  Forces of the Republic of Mozambique has brought renewed hope to the affected population, particularly internally displaced persons," he added. 
The Summit reviewed SADC's mission which it agreed upon in June 2021, to neutralise acts of terror in the natural-gas-rich Delgado province.  
The unrest by a militant group loosely identified as Al Shabaab started in 2017. Reports indicate it has so far led to the killing of over 3000 people, with at least 860 thousand others displaced including women and children. 

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