Spain says to negotiate increase of U.S. troops at air base

January 23, 2015 2:38 PM

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Spain says to negotiate increase of U.S. troops at air base

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will start talks with the United States about further increasing the number of U.S. troops at an air base in the south of the country, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said on Friday.

She did not say why Washington sought the changes at the Moron base near Seville. A Defense Ministry spokeswoman had no immediate comment. But the national daily El Pais said it was to improve vigilance of Islamist militant activity in neighboring North Africa.

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