Junta's head: 'The bases are essential to save lives'. / EUROPA PRESS

Four thousand Afghan refugees to be housed at US military bases in Andalucía

The American bases in Morón de la Frontera, in Seville province, and Rota (Cadiz) will be the temporary home for former collaborators of the United States Government in Afghanistan

J.L.P.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has underlined the value and role that the two American military bases in the region will play when they host refugees from the conflict in Afghanistan. The US bases are located in Morón de la Frontera (Seville) and Rota (Cadiz).

Moreno said that «the bases of Rota and Morón are essential in the shared objective of working together to save the lives» of Afghans who want to leave the country after the Taliban seized power.

The Andalusian president said the agreement between Spain and the United States for the joint use of the bases should be «a source of pride.»

Moreno spoke after the agreement was reached in a telephone conversation between Spain's PM, Pedro Sánchez, and the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to allow America's Afghan collaborators to pass through Spanish soil before they reach other countries.

«Hopefully one day the Afghans fleeing the horror will be able to return to their country and regain their freedoms,» said the president of the Junta de Andalucía, referring to the conflict in Afghanistan.

The United States plans to transfer up to 4,000 Afghan refugees to these two military bases, under the agreement reached with the Spanish government, according to Europa Press.

The people who will arrive in Morón and Rota are former collaborators of the United States Government in Afghanistan, as well as their relatives, who will be temporarily housed at these facilities, before later being transferred to the United States or other countries with which the Biden administration is reaching agreements for their care.