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New US ambassador's first big speech emphasises military ties

Richard Duke Buchan III (r) with King Felipe VI in January.
Richard Duke Buchan III (r) with King Felipe VI in January. / EFE
  • Richard Duke Buchan III was appointed by President Trump and arrived in Spain last month

The new American ambassador to Spain, Richard Duke Buchan III, has used his first public speech since taking over the vacant post to highlight the partnership and friendship between the two countries. In particular he drew attention to the importance of the continued use of two military bases in Andalucía, at Rota and Morón de la Frontera, by US troops, reminding his audience that this year marks the 30th anniversary of a defensive agreement between his country and Spain.

Buchan was taking part in a forum in Madrid entitled 'United States-Spain: Shared Visions. Security, Defence and the Future International Order', organised by the Real Instituto Elcano.

He went on to talk about the many shared interests between the two countries, especially in combating threats in the twenty-first century, such as so-called fake news.

Other US embassy bosses also explained how the two bases used are a “key part of defending Europe”. Some 4,000 US military personnel are based at the port of Rota, near Cádiz, and Morón de la Frontera, near Seville.

Buchan, 54, was appointed by President Trump and arrived in Spain in January.