"I would like to highlight the civil-military cooperation cell that we are setting up and that will allow us to participate together in United Nations peacekeeping missions. We train, educate, so that we can participate together in this effort to produce international security", detailed Helena Carreiras opening day of the meeting of CPLP defense ministers.
The minister said that the strengthening of joint training in this matter is "one of the most important issues to be dealt with" at the ministerial meeting, taking place this Tuesday in Luanda.
Work is also underway in the area of maritime security, revealed the representative of the Portuguese Government, without giving details, but stressing the importance of "networking" in this matter.
"We will only be able to protect because we are in a network", she maintained, reiterating that there is a certain type of goods, like this one, in which "it is no use for a country to be safe if the others are not".
Helena Carreiras said that the purpose of this meeting of CPLP Defense Ministers is to reinforce "once again, the importance of cooperation and coordination between these sister countries in promoting the security and defense of all".
Another area of work to continue that she mentioned was the implementation of the United Nations Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
"All our countries are involved in this effort to build equality in their Armed Forces, in their defense structures, in order to have a more resilient, more effective defense", she assured.
Helena Carreiras considered these meetings very important for countries to understand each other, "an essential step to be able to work together, as has been done, in promoting security and strengthening resilience in the face of an increasingly broad set of threats", that they can cope better by working together.
"That is the spirit of the CPLP, namely this defense component, in which we have very interesting projects underway", he insisted in his statements to journalists.
This is the XXII meeting of CPLP Defense ministers.