Southern African nations agree to deploy forces to Mozambique

Residents in Macomia, Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique on June 11, 2018. PHOTO | AFP

A bloc of southern African nations on Wednesday approved the deployment of troops to Mozambique to help the country combat a rapidly escalating Islamic State-linked insurgency in Mozambique that threatens stability in the relatively peaceful region, the bloc’s executive secretary said.

The 16-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) had approved the deployment of its standby force, part of a regional defence pact, Stergomena Lawrence Tax said, reading out a communique following a meeting of the bloc’s leaders in Mozambique’s capital Maputo.