United States clarifies that it does not plan to move its base in Rota to Morocco

"Reports that the U.S. Navy's agreement with Rota will soon expire are inaccurate," said the U.S. Embassy in Rabat
 A U.S. Army soldier passes in front of the MV Cape Ray, docked at Rota Naval Air Base (Cadiz)

REUTERS/JON NAZCA  -   A U.S. Army soldier passes in front of the MV Cape Ray, docked at Rota Naval Air Base (Cadiz)

The United States has no intention of moving its troops and material from the Rota naval base in southern Spain to the Moroccan base of Alcazarseguir, the U.S. Embassy in Rabat said Wednesday in a note. 

"The United States has not received any offer from Morocco to move the U.S. naval base of Rota to Alcazarseguir," the note said, issued after the dissemination in several Moroccan media of information on the matter. "The reports that the US Navy agreement with Rota will soon expire are inaccurate", the note concludes.

The information on this possible transfer to Morocco, which has been circulating for several days, first appeared last Sunday in the digital newspaper El Español, and was later reproduced by the Moroccan and Spanish media throughout the week.

In Alcazarseguir, a town halfway between Ceuta and Tangier, the Moroccan Navy has its fifth naval base, operational since 2017, where they can anchor the multi-mission frigate "FREMM" and three frigates "Sigma". The US base in Rota, which has existed since 1953, has been participating since 2013 in NATO's ballistic missile defence programme, allowing four destroyers equipped with the AEGIS radar system, a fundamental part of the alliance's anti-missile system, to be stationed in Rota.