The governments of Malawi and Mozambique hope to find solutions to boundary conflicts and cross border crimes at a Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security meeting currently underway in Mangochi.
The two are among key issues on the agenda of the 11th edition of the summit which began on Sunday.
Various corresponding sectors from the two sides are engaging to discuss and find resolutions on issues affecting their sectors.
These sectors include Police, Immigration, Prison, Agriculture, Veterinary, and Parks and Wildlife, the Malawi News Agency reports.
According to the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence in Malawi, Chauncy Simwaka, a session for officials today will tackle boundary conflicts in Makanjira which followed the World Bank funded exercise aimed at retracing the boundaries between Malawi and Mozambique.
“We share common challenges in the defence and security areas. We are grappling with the irregular migration of immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region who mostly use our countries as a transit to other destinations,” said Simwaka.
“On a regular basis, our countries also deal with cross border crimes such as smuggling of goods and human trafficking,” he added.
He believes, owing to the cordial relations between the two countries, a resolution will quickly be found on the boundary conflicts.
The meeting is scheduled to end o Wednesday and would also review the implementation of resolutions and recommendations made during the 10th Session of a similar activity between the two sides.