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John Kerry makes two-day visit to Spain US secretary of state signs agreement leading toward clean-up of nuclear accident site at Palomares

Date: 2015, 24 October

By Dave Jamieson

US SECRETARY of state John Kerry has completed a two-day visit to Spain, the first since he was appointed to succeed Hilary Clinton in 2013. It marked an important step forward in plans to finally tackle cleaning up the 50-year-old radioactive contamination in Almería.


His schedule last weekend included meetings with King Felipe and prime minister Mariano Rajoy to discuss a range of issues. These included the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is presently being negotiated between the EU and the US, as well as the current refugee crisis and the fight against Jihadism.


Mr Kerry's visit follows the recent agreement signed between Madrid and Washington which has enabled the American base at Moron de la Frontera, south-east of Sevilla, to become a permanent US base of operations staffed by over 2,000 marines.


However, public interest centred on Sunday afternoon's meeting between Mr Kerry and foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo during which they discussed the contamination around the Almería town of Palomares. The area became the most radioactive in western Europe after a US bomber carrying nuclear weapons crashed there in January 1966.

Thanks to Costa Blanca News

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