Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s efforts to achieve a deeper integration and sustainable development would be meaningless if it fails to safeguard political stability and peace and security in the region.

Speaking on the sidelines of the SADC Summit, ministers from Angola and Zambia said it’s pleasing to note that the region is still peaceful and stable.

Regional leaders are responsible for ensuring a quality life for all and for realising economic development.

But this cannot happen if the region is plagued by instability.

The recent attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Central African Republic are, but a few signs of this instability.

Angola External Relations’ George Chikoti says, “I believe that SADC is fine, but I think we do have global concerns as far as the continent is concerned. First is that terrorism is something we cannot predict.”

Though SADC countries have not yet been affected by terrorism, SADC remains concerned that religion is related to a number of incidents.

Minister Chikoti says constitutions should give a better guarantee that all religions have the same rights.

SADC has set itself objectives of achieving political and economic integration in the region.

The official 37th ordinary summit of SADC attended by heads of states will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

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