The Spanish military has begun training the Cape Verde’s armed forces with a focus on establishing a special forces unit.
The Spanish Ministry of Defence said that training began on September 15 as part of a bilateral defence agreement to strengthen the island nation’s security and defence capabilities.
Twelve members of the Spanish Navy’s special operations unit (Fuerza de Guerra Naval Especial) were sent to Cape Verde’s capital Praia, where they will remain for an initial two months whilst they train Cape Verde Army special operations soldiers.
Spain’s defence minister Peter Morenes earlier this year said that Spain’s proximity to Africa meant it was important to remain involved in the continent, particularly with regard to politics, trade, investment and security.
Early last month Spain delivered teaching materials to Cape Verde and Mauritania as part of its military education project. A C-130 Hercules was scheduled to deliver materials from Gando Air Base to the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, and Praia on 13 and 14 September, respectively.
The deliveries include stationary and computers to create Spanish language schools in Mauritania’s and Cape Verde’s militaries. Since its inception, more than 5 000 officers from 60 countries have benefitted from the programme which has included medical, weapons, engineering and construction courses.