Subject: LUSA: Dili, Lisbon to sign new defense cooperation agreement next week

28-01-2005 19:25:00. Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-6706026 Temas:

East Timor: Dili, Lisbon to sign new defense cooperation agreement next week

Dili, Jan. 28 (Lusa) - Portugal and East Timor will sign a new military cooperation accord next week during a three-day visit to Dili by Lisbon's state secretary for defense, Jorge Neto.

Neto's visit, beginning Sunday, will signal the separation of bilateral cooperation in the defense area from Lisbon's broader aid commitments to East Timor that are under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry, officials said.

According to official Timorese documents, Portugal is Dili's main partner in defense cooperation, with current programs worth some euros 5.4 million, primarily in military training.

Neto is scheduled to hold talks with Defense Minister Roque Rodrigues and Defense Forces' chief Gen. Taur Matan Ruak, as well as pay courtesy calls on the president and prime minister.

Ten Portuguese officers are posted in East Timor, two of them serving as advisors to in the office of the chief of staff.



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