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Eswatini Foreign Affairs Minister defends Mswati on refusal to attend SADC Summit amid political crisis.

Monday, 4th April, 2022

MBABANE:Thulisile Dladla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has come out to defend King Mswati following media reports suggesting that he refused to attend a SADC Summit on eSwatini and Mozambique political crisis.

This comes after this Swaziland News and other South African media organizations reported that Mswati allegedly pulled out of the Summit saying he wanted to consult internally about the dialogue.

In a public statement released on Monday evening the Foreign Minister denied that  King Mswati shunned the meeting and blamed the Southern African African Development Community(SADC) Troika for postponing it.

The summit of the SADC Organ Troika plus Mozambique and Eswatini was announced in the past few weeks and our country was requested to provide a progress report on the situation in the Kingdom.However, due to unforseen circumstances, the Summit was postponed at the instance of SADC and the opportunity to present such a report was lost.The Ministerial meeting being the highest segment would not have heard this report as it was prepared for the summit.The  SADC Secretariat and the Chair person of the Organ are fully  aware of this adjustment,”, reads the statement in part.

Eswatini Foreign Affairs Minister defends Mswati on refusal to attend SADC Summit amid political crisis.
Foreign Affairs Minister Thulisile Dladla.