U.S. Coast Guard given approval to dock ships

With no opposition, lawmakers gave approval Monday to U.S. Coast Guard vessels that might want to dock at Costa Rican ports.

Lawmakers seldom have problems with Coast Guard vessels. But when the U.S. Embassy seeks permission for U.S. Navy boats, there usually is long debate.

The U.S. vessels usually work in conjunction with Costa Rica’s Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. The permission to dock runs until June 30.

Under the Costa Rica constitution, the legislature must approve the arrival of foreign warships.

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