Uruguay’s Senate approved a temporary bill to allow United States civilian and military troops into the country during the G20 summit, to take place in neighboring Buenos Aires, Argentina. If the House votes in favor, the U.S. contingency would remain in the country between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3.
The suspension reflected local concerns, which disapproved of the military base but feared that the relocation may potentially result in a long-lasting US presence on the land. Subsequently, a civil group in Okinawa collected 93,000 signatures asking the government to hold the referendum.
In March, the United States Special Operations Command, the section of the Defense Department supervising the US Special Forces, held a conference on the theme of “Sovereignty in the Information Age.” The conference brought together Special Forces officers with domestic police forces, including officials from the New York Police Department, and representatives from technology companies such as Microsoft.
The eight days of drills ended this week at the US military outpost in Tanf, located 24 km to the west from the al-Tanf border crossing between Syria and Iraq in Homs Governorate, said Colonel Muhanad al Talaa, the commander of the US-backed Maghawir al Thawra militant group.
„Such actions run counter to the decision Norway made in 1949 not to allow foreign states to set up military bases on the country’s territory until Norway was under attack or threat of attack.“ Such steps indicate that Norway is not predictable enough, they may lead to rising tensions and trigger an arms race, destabilizing the situation in northern Europe,“ the Russian embassy said, adding that „we consider them to be clearly unfriendly so they cannot go without consequences.“
Sergio de la Peña arrived to Ecuador to consolidate a security cooperation agreement that could bring back U.S. military bases to the Latin American country.
Previously President Mauricio Macri signed a security and defense cooperation agreement that allows the installation of U.S. bases.