19 February 2018

Mozambique: Military Cooperation Agreement With Portugal

Maputo — Portugal on Monday pledged to continue its military cooperation with Mozambique under a new agreement that will be valid for the period 2018-2021.

The agreement was signed in Maputo by Defence Minister Atanasio M'tumuke and his Portuguese counterpart, Jose Azeredo Lopes, who is on an official visit to Mozambique.

A Defence Ministry statement said the visit by Azeredo Lopes "is part of the efforts by the defence ministries of both countries to increase still further their bilateral cooperation in the area of defence".

Speaking at the Monday ceremony, M'tumuke said that on the basis of cooperation agreements officers from the Portuguese army have been assisting Mozambique in the area of military training. The cooperation also extends to military higher education institutions.

The Portuguese Minister's visit will also be marked by a grant of boats to the Mozambican navy.

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