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Portugal and US reach accord on Azores base

Portugal and the US were to sign here today an agreement extending for seven years American use of the strategic mid-Atlantic Lajes Air Base in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores.

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Formal approval of the deal was to be made by Secretary of State George Shultz and Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama. The accord on the base, a vital refueling stop between the US and Europe, the Mideast, and Africa, must be ratified by Congress and Portugal's parliament.

The agreement calls for $38 million a year in US aid to the Azores and $92.3 million a year to reequip Portugal's armed forces.

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