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Updated: 28-Jan-2008 IMS News Release

24-27 Jan. 2008

 

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Spain

General Ray Henault, Chairman of the Military Committee, and Spain's Chief of Defence, Army General Felix Sanz Roldan, together with their staffs, salute during a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the Spanish military on 25 Janurary 2008, in Madrid, Spain
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The Military Committee

General Ray Henault, Chairman of the Military Committee, paid an official visit to Spain, from 24 – 27 January, where he met the Chief of Defence, Army General Felix Sanz Roldan, along with Spanish Government officials, to discuss NATO priorities and ways in which Spain could enhance its valued contribution to Alliance operations.

“Spain continuing contribution to NATO operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and our capacity building mission in Darfur, is greatly appreciated by the Allies,” said Gen. Henault.  “Spanish troops, operating in Western Afghanistan are not only prepared to deal with an insurgent threat but have offered to assist the Afghan National Army in their area, with training and mentoring, which shows how committed Spain is to the ISAF mission and to the Alliance.”

General Ray Henault, Chairman of the Military Committee, presents Spain's Chief of Defence, Army General Felix Sanz Roldan, with a plaque to commenomrate the Chairman's official visit to Spain.

The Chairman met with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, to discuss not only operations but Spain’s views on Kosovo and its commitment to keep Spanish forces engaged in KFOR throughout the status process.

“From a military perspective, Spain is clearly a very capable member of NATO,” said the Chairman.  “Under Gen. Sanz Roldan’s leadership, the Spanish military is adapting and modernizing, which will undoubtedly enhance its contribution to the Alliance.”

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