A Portuguese newspaper reported Saturday that 2,000 Cuban troops have been sent to Angola to bolster government defenses near the border with Namibia.

The independent weekly Expresso quoted unidentified reliable sources as saying the Cubans, described as experts in mounting and firing missiles, landed in the former Portuguese colony in June.

The newspaper said the reinforcements were sent to strengthen the position of the Marxist Angolan government and Cuba in negotiations with South Africa and the United States to end the 13-year civil war in Angola.