The US and Mozambican militaries are to take part in a bilateral exercise, Shared Accord 2010, which will be held in Mozambique.

Shared Accord is a 15-day exercise intended to improve the mutual understanding of each nation’s military tactics, techniques and procedures.

The exercise will build the partner nation capacity to conduct peace and stability operations.

The US Embassy defense attaché Lt Col Andrew Olson said members of both armed forces would participate in various types of military training, including command post, live-fire training and peace operations.

“We are confident that this exercise will help develop Mozambique’s capabilities to offer additional security for its neighbours, keep Mozambique itself freer from threats to its own security, such as illegal fishing, trafficking in drugs or other illegal activities,” he said.

The exercise is scheduled to conclude on 13 August 2010.

Shared Accord has taken place previously in several locations such as Benin, Ghana and Senegal.