Luanda prepares deployment of SADC military forces to Lesotho

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 22:13:44|Editor: Zhou Xin
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LUANDA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Defense Sub-Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is debating in Luanda, Angola, since Thursday the deployment of the organization's forces to the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The decision concerning deployment of SADC forces to Lesotho was decided by the region's troika summit held on September 15 in Pretoria, South Africa, following the assassination of Lesotho's Army commander Lieutenant General Khoantihe Motsomotso which led to the country's security deterioration.

The Luanda summit has decided to "immediately dispatch a SADC Alert Force, composed by the three components -- military, police and civil -- to ensure the normality of the situation favorable to the implementation of the necessary reforms, especially in the defense and security sector," said the Angolan Army chief of General Staff, Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda as chairman of the SADC Defense Sub-Committee.

The two-day SADC Army Chiefs' meeting ends Friday.

Angola holds since last August the presidency of SADC Politics, Defense and Security Body.