Ecuador says US troops must leave Manta air base

Ecuador's Foreign Ministry says it has formally notified the US Embassy that it will not renew an agreement allowing the US military to operate anti-drug surveillance flights from its Manta air base. The United States and Ecuador signed the 10-year agreement in November 1999. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that US military personnel will have to leave the base once the agreement expires on November 12, 2009. Some 300 US soldiers are stationed at the Pacific base. President Rafael Correa has repeatedly said that the agreement would not be renewed.