President Lazarus Chakwera says Malawi is ready to work with her neighbouring countries in dealing with rising acts of terrorism in northern Mozambique.
Chakwera said this on Thursday morning at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe before leaving for Maputo in Mozambique for an extraordinary Double Troika Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit.
Speaking to journalists, Chakwera said as an incoming SADC chair, Malawi needs to familiarize herself in jointly working with other countries in the region to addressing the insurgency.
“It’s important for us to be able to liaise and work together and we know that what is happening there [Mozambique] could happen anywhere else and therefore as SADC we need to work together.
“And I want to learn more as incoming chair so that we are able to comprehensively handle these things,” stressed Chakwera.
The two-day summit, which has been convened by chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, followed a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State.
The brutal attacks by Islamist militants in the strategic town of Palma in Cabo Delgado province has left more than 2,600 dead half of them civilians.
The attacks in the area have halted lucrative natural gas projects.