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Bases In Spain To Be Used For Afghan Refugees

U.S. Air Force planes at the Moron de la Frontera air base near Seville in March 2011

The United States and Spain have agreed to use military bases in Spain to receive Afghans who worked for the U.S. government.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reached agreement on the issue during a telephone conversation on August 21, the Spanish government said on August 22.

Under the agreement, the bases -- Moron de la Frontera near Seville and Rota near Cadiz -- can be used for refugees from Afghanistan until their travel to other countries is arranged.

Sanchez tweeted on August 21: "I have just had a meaningful conversation with President Joe Biden in which we have addressed several topics of common interest, particularly the situation in Afghanistan and the collaboration between our governments in the evacuation of citizens from that country."

A plane carrying 110 Afghan refugees and their families arrived at a military base outside Madrid in the evening on August 21, including 36 people who had worked for the U.S. administration in Afghanistan.

The base is being use to host Afghan refugees who worked with the European Union and their families who will then move to other EU countries.

Based on reporting by Reuters