SADC leaders have approved the deployment of troops to Mozambique to help the country combat an escalating Islamic State-linked insurgency.
The 16-member Southern African Development Community-SADC has been grappling with how to respond to the conflict, which began in October 2017 and has since killed thousands on all sides.
Almost 800 thousand people have been displaced and the fighting has bought a 20 billion dollar gas project led by oil giant Total to a grinding halt.
The decision brings to an end months of deliberation and disagreement among the bloc about what is needed to stem an insurgency that threatens to open up southern Africa’s first jihadi front.
Meanwhile, President Lazarus Chakwera, who left the country on Wednesday to attend the meeting, in back in the country.
Chakwera has stressed that like any country in the region, the country’s defense team is always ready and would consider sending troops, when a call for Malawi’s men in uniform comes just as it is done on other UN missions.