Venezuela, Argentina sign military cooperation agreements

CARACAS (CIHAN)- Venezuelan Defense Minister Carmen Melendez and his Argentine counterpart Augustin Rossi on Friday signed a pair of agreements on bilateral military cooperation.

“Our cooperation with Argentina in the defense area is always growing … With our work we have signed agreements on technological, scientific, educational and military fields that we must fulfill in the next year,” Melendez told the press after signing of the agreements.
Melendez also voiced Venezuelan government’s support for Argentina’s claim for Malvinas Islands, known to Britain as the Falkland Islands.

According to Melendez, Venezuela’s Bolivarian Military University will introduce a curriculum dedicated to study the legacy of former president of Argentina Nestor Kirchner and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Rossi also underscored the importance of bilateral agreements aimed at promoting the training of armed forces personnel.

“We have decided to redouble all exchange in the area of education. The Argentine parliament is debating whether to establish a defense university in Argentina. Venezuela is a step ahead in this project (and) we take it as a point of reference,” said Rossi.

Rossi added he and his Venezuelan counterpart studied the possibility for Venezuela to send Argentina several coast guard boats so that his country’s navy could use them in patrolling the nation’s rivers, and the transfer of technology related to the military use of an ammonia plant in Argentina. (CihanXinhua)