WINDHOEK: Brazilian Minister of Defence Celso Amorim arrived in Namibia on Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed at reinforcing existing bilateral defence agreements between that country and Namibia.
Speaking at a joint media conference held here on Tuesday, Namibian Defence Minister Nahas Angula explained that in 1994, Namibia and Brazil signed an agreement for Brazil to help Namibia develop its naval capabilities, adding that it has been done and this agreement was further renewed in 2001.
Angula stated that there are also currently close to 40 technical naval personal working with the Namibian navy at Walvis Bay to develop its capability so that the 1 000 kilometres of the Namibian coastline is safe for fishing and for oil exploration.
The Brazilian minister’s visit also focused on increasing the Namibian Defence Force (NDF)’s capacity and capability to defend Namibia’s about 800 000 square kilometres of land and sea.
On his part, Amorim expressed satisfaction with the progress made on the existing defence cooperation.
He further indicated that a Brazilian oceanic patrol vessel called Apa will pay a visit to the Port of Walvis Bay during April this year, adding that this will enable both countries’ naval forces to further their cooperation in a range of sea operations.