The Council of Ministers has approved this Tuesday the agreement signed last May between Spain and the United States Deployment of two additional US Navy ships at Rota Naval Base,
The agreement was signed on May 8 by the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, and the United States Ambassador to Spain, Julisa Reynoso. by the respective governments. It is just four days before the visit of President Pedro Sanchez to the White House in Washington to meet with US President Joe Biden.
both presidents already They agreed to this increase in US military presence in Spain at a meeting held in Madrid in June on the sidelines of the NATO summit. Two additional ships are scheduled to be deployed in the coming years, one in 2024 and the other in the coming years.
The government argues that this agreement allows respond “more effectively” to the risk of attacks with ballistic or cruise missiles, “A threat that has intensified in recent decades and that NATO has spent years trying to study and neutralize through allied missile defense systems.”
Furthermore, it claims Agreement with the United States gives “strategic importance” to the South “To be able to meet the security challenges coming from the Mediterranean and Africa”.
The formula chosen for the settlement is an amendment to the treaty, which avoids the parliamentary process and which has to be approved by Congress. Margarita Robles announced her intention to go to the Cortes Generales to account for the details of the agreement, although calls for general elections and the dissolution of the Cortes discouraged attendance.
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