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Minister Atanásio Mtumuke and his Portuguese counterpart Azeredo Lopes (right)
Portuguese Defence Minister Azeredo Lopes, is meeting Minister Atanásio Mtumuke, his Mozambican counterpart, in Maputo as part of an official visit that ends on Friday, and is expected to sign a new protocol in the area of defence.
The meeting with the Mozambican defence minister, major general in the reserve Atanásio Salvador Mtumuke, will be held this morning at the Ministry of Defence in Maputo, where the Framework Programme for Cooperation in the Defence Field will be signed.
The agreement will run until 2021 and is more comprehensive than previous protocols concerning military training and exchange programmes signed with Mozambique since 1988.
Under the new agreement, provision is being made for joint participation of both countries’ armed forces in peace and humanitarian missions.
During the trip, the Portuguese Defence Minister will deliver ten vessels to the Mozambican Navy, “to support missions of public interest”.
According to a statement from the Mozambican government, the visit is part of the “efforts of the two countries’ defence ministries to increase bilateral and historical cooperation ties”.
Minister Lopes will visit the Higher Institute of Defence Studies on Tuesday and pay tribute to former combatants, and on Wednesday in Nampula will visit the Military Academy and give a talk on “The contribution of the Portuguese Armed Forces to the promotion of peace and international security”.
On Thursday, Lopes will visit local authorities on the Island of Mozambique, which in September celebrates 200 years of its elevation to city status.
A visit to the Centre for Strategic Analysis of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the headquarters of the Association of Disabled Persons of the Portuguese Armed Forces in Mozambique are scheduled for Friday in Maputo.Source: Lusa