Spanish diplomatic sources said US embassy staff met with Foreign Ministry officials in Madrid on Tuesday, while Spanish diplomats in Washington briefed the US administration. The US diplomatic mission was concerned that Spain had failed to warn both embassies about its plans. Only the Pentagon was notified. The US Embassy stopped short of filing a formal complaint.
Spanish Acting Defence Minister Margarita Robles supported the decision to recall the warship on Tuesday, saying this deployment deviated from the group's initial mission, according to El Pais daily. She said the frigate would rejoin the task force once it enters the Indian Ocean.