U.S. ship finally given permission to tie up here

The U.S. hospital ship Comfort finally got permission to tie up in Costa Rica. The legislature approved the visit Wednesday.

The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública requested the legislative approval as is required by the Costa Rican Constitution. But it said a vote July 18 did not include giving official protection to the medical crew on the boat.

The Comfort is ending a five-month series of humanitarian missions to Latin countries. The U.S. Embassy said last week that plans call for delivering some $200,000 in medicines, school supplies and other items to the Puntareanas area.

The boat is expected to arrive Aug. 1. The boat was on the Caribbean coast April 8 at the start of its mission. Some Costa Rican health professionals are part of the staff.

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