The Minister of National Defence, João Gomes Cravinho, will be awarded the French Legion of Honor, Commendation degree, in a distinction that the Portuguese ruler attributes to the “excellent relationship between Portugal and France”.

Our two Armed Forces have been working a lot together, in fact this has been intensified with the Takuba mission in Mali, and so I see [a distinção] as a French interpretation of the excellent relationship between Portugal and France in the field of Defense”, said João Gomes Cravinho in statements to Agência Lusa.

The Portuguese minister is in France until Thursday for a meeting between the countries participating in the Takuba force, in Mali, to attend the traditional July 14 military parade and also for a bilateral meeting with French Defense Minister Florence Parly .

The Legion of Honor is the highest French distinction and has five different degrees: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight. The Legion of Honor has an Order, where only French citizens are admitted, and foreigners can still receive this distinction, but without joining the institution.

It is an honor that results from the proximity between Portugal and France in the field of Defence. I also associate with the recent presidency of the European Union as the letter cites the contribution to the European Defense identity”, justified the minister.

The figures honored by the Legion of Honor are normally appointed by different ministers and the distinction is awarded by the President of the Republic, in this case, Emmanuel Macron.

In 2014, the filmmaker Manoel d’Oliveira received, on his 106th birthday, the Legion of Honor, with the degree of Grand-Official.

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