The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to help fellow member Mozambique tackle the Islamist insurgency in Cabo Delgado province, the home of two huge liquefied natural gas schemes that represent Africa’s largest foreign direct investment to date.

Early this week, Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi attended a specially convened summit in Harare, Zimbabwe where he had a briefing on the escalating situation in Cabo Delgado with three SADC presidents — Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zambia’s Edgar Lungi and Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana.