Readout of Secretary Panetta's call with the Spanish Minister of Defense

May 10, 2012

By Defense Department

Keeping heroes active
SAN GREGORIO TRAINING AREA, Zaragoza, Spain -- Spanish soldiers scale a wall while searching for improvised explosive devices during engineer training exercises here, Oct. 5. Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center supported the weeklong exercise, called Interdict 11, training with more than 500 Spanish engineers from across the country. The exercise is designed to bring Spanish engineer units together to standardize tactics, techniques and procedures for various engineering tasks and to enhance multinational cooperation. The JMRC troops focused on helping the engineers learn to defeat improvised explosive devices. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado)

WASHINGTON -- Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

"Today Secretary Panetta spoke with Spanish Minister of Defense Pedro Morenés to discuss a variety of issues of mutual interest.  Secretary Panetta made clear his interest in enhancing bilateral defense cooperation with Spain, which he views as a critical ally."

"Secretary Panetta praised Spanish leadership in global security from Afghanistan, where Spain has invested much effort and made many sacrifices, to counterpiracy operations in the Indian Ocean.  The Ministers discussed their shared commitment to building strong, capable, and sustainable Afghan National Security Forces."

"Secretary Panetta thanked Spain for agreeing to host four Aegis-capable ships at Rota Naval Base that will contribute to NATO Missile Defense, and the Ministers discussed actions needed to finalize the agreement. "

"Secretary Panetta looked forward to welcoming Minister Morenes to Chicago for the NATO Summit on May 20 and 21."

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