NAPLES (Reuters) - Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said
Washington must let him open a military base in Miami if the United
States wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador's Pacific coast.
Correa has refused to renew Washington's lease on the Manta air
base, set to expire in 2009. U.S. officials say it is vital for
counter-narcotics surveillance operations on Pacific drug-running
Correa, a popular leftist economist, had promised to cut off his arm
before extending the lease that ends in 2009 and has called U.S.
President George W. Bush a "dimwit".
But Correa, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, told
Reuters he believed relations with the United States were "excellent"
despite the base closing.
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