Spain and US agree closers ties in Afghanistan

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21 May 2007, MADRID - Members of the high-level bilateral defence committee agreed Spanish and U.S. forces will exchange information on operations in Afghanistan.

21 May 2007

MADRID - Members of the high-level bilateral defence committee agreed Spanish and U.S. forces will exchange information on operations in Afghanistan.

According to Spain's Defense Ministry, throughout the two-day meeting the committee analyzed operations in which the armed forces of both countries take part as well as future NATO projects.

It also dealt with was the application of a bilateral accord regulating the operations of U.S. Navy and Air Force investigative elements in Spain, signed April 24, and the reorganization of U.S. forces deployed in Europe.

According to the Spanish delegates, the committee evaluated the exchange of information on operations in Afghanistan, specifically about the work in that country of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

Spain has close to 700 men in western Afghanistan, part of them in Herat and the rest with a PRT in the town of Qala-i-Naw.

In its communique to Efe, the United States Embassy in Madrid said that this week's committee meeting "clearly shows the enormous importance and significance of defense cooperation between Spain and the United States."

The bilateral commmittee was established in December 2002 as a key instrument for guaranteeing genuine coordination between both countries in all areas of defense. EFE

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