Malawi and Mozambique conclude border meeting

Malawi and Mozambique governments officials Wednesday concluded a meeting at Mangochi District, about 148km north-east of Blantyre, on issues relating to their common border, local media confirmed.

Malawi Capital Radio said the meeting also reviewed the implementation of resolutions made during the 10th Session of a similar activity between the two sides.

“We share common challenges in the defence and security areas. We are grappling with the irregular movement of immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region, who mostly use our countries as a transit to other destinations,” Mr Chauncy Simwaka, the Malawi Defence Principal Secretary, was quoted as saying.

Human trafficking

“On a regular basis, our countries also deal with cross-border crimes such as the smuggling of goods and human trafficking,” he was further quoted.

An estimated 10,000 Mozambicans are believed to have fled to Malawi, to escape the conflict at home.

In July, Mozambican authorities confirmed that some 6,346 refugees had returned home from Malawi.

The more expansive Mozambique almost surrounds Malawi. However, the two states' relations have deteriorated in the recent years.

Largest economy

In October, Mozambican authorities deported 88 Malawi nationals suspected of attempting to sneak into South Africa.

Both Malawi and Mozambique are members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The SADC bloc also includes Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

South Africa is the largest economy and the most developed SADC state.

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