Leaders representing South African Development Community (SADC), have agreed to form a joint armed force to combat terrorists in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Agreeing at a summit on Thursday, the leaders said that the force will be led by Mozambique.
It is composed of troops from the bloc’s member countries.
However no numbers were mentioned.
There are fears that the insurgency in Mozambique could spill over to neighboring countries.
Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi, said the support will contribute towards neutralizing the militants and disrupting their lines of supply and logistics.
President Filipe Nyusi is also the acting SADC chairman.
So far US, France and Portugal have already expressed interest to offer technical help and training to Mozambique soldiers.
The SADC summit was attended by the leaders of South Africa, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe.