MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
Portugal will provide military equipment to the Central African Republic (CAR) under a defense cooperation agreement that will be signed between the two countries.
The realization of this agreement was one of the subjects discussed at the meeting held at São Julião da Barra Fort, in Oeiras, between the Minister of National Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, and the Minister of Defense of the Central African Republic, Marie-Noëlle Koyara, that had been meeting in December and July.
At a joint press conference, the Portuguese minister said that “there is already a draft agreement that is currently being examined by the RCA authorities.”
“I believe that, over the next few months, it will be possible to find a satisfactory agreement for both sides and give us a hat for our cooperation,” said João Gomes Cravinho.
The Minister also said that Portugal and the CAR already have “various cooperative activities”, giving as an example the permanence, in the last years, of about 200 Portuguese military in the CAR and that will serve as base “for a deeper and lasting cooperation”. .
In the case of the supply of military equipment, João Gomes Cravinho stated that the “needs identification” is currently being made but that Portugal has already expressed its willingness to provide such support.
Special Troop Formation
According to the Portuguese Minister of Defense, the future cooperation agreement also foresees a deepening in the area of formation, especially at the level of special troops.
“Our special troops, parachutists and commandos, have left a very vivid and very positive image and it is only natural that because of this the intention of the RCA in the formation of special troops will be a matter of joint work,” he said. still.
The Minister of CAR, for her part, praised the military performance in the Central African Republic, stressing that their presence is recognized by the population.
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