Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has thanked regional bloc, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), for supporting his country and people.
A standby force of more than 2000 troops was deployed to the Cabo Delgado region which has been troubled by insurgency since 2017.
Nyusi attended the Extraordinary Summit on Mozambique in Pretoria which decided to extend its mission to assist local residents to reintegrate into communities.
Nyusi says the addition of Rwandan troops to the SADC force has helped a great deal.
In an exclusive interview with the SABC, Deputy force commander of the SADC mission in Mozambique, Brigadier Dumisani Ndzinge, appealed to SADC countries to keep supporting the troops:
SADC Extraordinary Organ Troika
Presidents Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Hage Geingob of Namibia and Mozambique’s Filipe Jacinto attended the Troika.
The Standby Force, which consists of troops from Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Angola, have enjoyed some success on the mission so far with 20 insurgents have been killed.
One of the key bases for the Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah group was destroyed last month in an operation. Unfortunately, the force suffered four casualties, one soldier died and three were injured.
Video: Institute of Security Studies concerned over the growing insurgency in Mozambique: