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Angola is to welcome in September two “Felino Exercises” of the Armed Forces of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to attest the ability in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions, the Angola press reported on Thursday.
According to Jornal de Angola, this was announced on Wednesday in Luanda by the head of the general staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), Egídio de Sousa e Santos, at a conference on “Felino Exercises 2018/19” organised by Angola and Sao Tome and Principe.
The first of two actions, which are to take place in the village of Catumbela, a municipality of Lobito, in the Benguela province, should have been held in 2018 in Sao Tome and Principe, but for “justifiable reasons,” according to Santos, was eventually postponed.
“The fact that Angola holds for the second time the military exercise is a matter of satisfaction and reinforces the trust already established within the community, in fulfilling the missions under International commitments,” Santos said.
The exercises are to take place in the Catumbela village as the town was devastated by floods, and with many families pleading for humanitarian aid, he said.
The team will have military officials from Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor.
Sousa recalled the “successful” participation of Angola last year, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) prevention mission in Lesotho, which aimed to stabilise the political and military situation.
He also spoke of the country’s experience in welcoming refugees from neighbouring countries and the recent participation of Angola in humanitarian aid operations of Mozambique’s people, who were affected by Cyclone Idai.
The CPLP is composed of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea (which does not speak Portuguese), Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Príncipe and East Timor.Source: Lusa