Angola: Portugal Seeking Cooperation in Combat Maritime Trafficking

Luanda — The director general of National Defence Policy of Portugal, Nuno Pinheiro Torre, Monday in Luanda pledged his country's availability to cooperate with Angola in fighting against maritime trafficking.

Nuno Pinheiro expressed the intention at the opening of the 14th meeting of Portugal-Angola Bilateral Commission in the field of defence, having stressed that the fighting against this type of unlawful mean is a concern also shared by the international community.

According to the Portuguese official, the sea plays a key role not only as a navigation space and security, but also as natural resource that should be protected.

On the other hand, Nuno Torre said that the 20 years of technical military cooperation allows to have valuable wealth as the result of joint work carried out in the context of political training of the soldiers.

The closing of the event, scheduled for Wednesday, will be marked by the signing of final conclusion of 14th meeting and book of honour as well as planning some specific actions that enable the reinforcement of friendship ties between the two States in this field.

In addition to assess the fulfillment level of recommendations emerged from the last meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal, the parties will also analyze the compliance of the programmes of technical and military cooperation between the two countries.

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