NNA – (Agence France Presse) The Spanish government said on Friday it had approved an agreement to host a permanent force of 2,200 U.S. Marines for deployment on missions to Africa.
Spain and the United States will formalize the deal by signing an amendment to a 1988 defense partnership during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Madrid on Monday.
Madrid agreed to permanently extend an agreement under which the force has been based at Moron de la Frontera, near Seville in southern Spain, said Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.
“The deployment at the Moron base will be made permanent with a force of 2,200 military personnel and 500 civilian staff plus 26 aircraft,” she told a news conference. (AFP)