A third plane with approximately 220 evacuees from Afghanistan has landed at the Rota naval base at 04:00 this morning, as reported by the United States Embassy.
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The team of US government officials is in charge of receiving, processing and attending to the basic needs of the evacuees with extensive support from the Spanish military, the Red Cross and volunteers from the base.
In total, some 1,000 evacuees have arrived at the Rota air base in recent days. This Friday the first two planes landed with about 800 people by virtue of the agreement sealed between the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
The United States may transfer up to 4,000 Afghan evacuees to the Rota and Morón bases, who may stay a maximum of 14 days in Spanish territory before their transfer to the United States or to other countries with which Washington is reaching agreements for temporary reception. of his Afghan collaborators and family members.
The Secretary of the US Department of Defense, Lloyd Austin, thanked Spain this Saturday for hosting at the Rota naval base the people who have had to be evacuated from Afghanistan in recent days.
“Thank you to the men and women of the Spanish Ministry of Defense and the US embassy in Madrid for working closely with the US forces at the Rota naval base to take care of the personnel who evacuated from Afghanistan. Our global network of friends and associates is of vital importance to this mission, “said Lloyd on his Twitter account.