Spain approves permanent US base for Africa force: official

General view of the Moron de la Frontera air base in Spain, on March 18, 2011The Spanish government said on Friday it had approved an agreement to host a permanent force of 2,200 US Marines for deployment on missions to Africa. Spain and the United States will formalise the deal by signing an amendment to a 1988 defence partnership during a visit by US 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.

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