HARARE, Zimbabwe 

Leaders of four Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states gathered in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare on Tuesday for a meeting on the security situation in Mozambique.

The SADC Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government is being hosted by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He chairs the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense, and Security Cooperation, which provides member states guidance on matters related to security and regional stability.

In attendance are Zambian President Edgar Lungu, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi.

Mozambique recently sought support from the regional body for its battle against a militant insurgency in the northern Cabo Delgado province.

“The purpose of the Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit is to consider the urgent security situation in Mozambique following its formal request to the regional body,” Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo said in a statement to the media.

Meanwhile, as Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa presides over the meeting to put out fires in a neighboring country, he faces his own troubles at home.

Nelson Chamisa, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance, asked the UN to conduct an investigation into the abduction and torture of three female party leaders, allegedly by state security agents.

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