Saturday, October 24, 2009

US military base in Romania to become permanent


BUCHAREST, Romania — A U.S. army official in Romania says an American military base near the Black Sea port of Constanta will become a permanent facility in the spring and be jointly used with Romanian forces.

Lt. Col. Daniel Herrigstad says the U.S. government invested $48 million to modernize the base.

Herrigstad told the news agency Agerpres on Friday that the base would initially host up to 1,700 U.S. and Romanian soldiers.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Romania on Thursday to discuss the new missile defense system, and thanked Romania's President Traian Basescu for "embracing" the new proposal.

It is unclear what role, if any, Romania will play in the revamped U.S. missile shield.

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