Spain creates national security council to review threats, decide how best to deal with them

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Spain's government has approved a new national security strategy and created a council to be presided over by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in order to review potential threats on a regular basis.

The opposition also agreed to the move, which was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria following the government's Cabinet meeting on Friday.

She said the council would assess national security, decide on the priorities to be set and define how to deal with threats as they arise. The strategy brings Spain in line with countries like the U.S., Britain and France, which also use such a system.

International armed conflicts, migrations flows, Internet crime as well as the Basque separatist group ETA are among threats to be reviewed, Saenz de Santamaria said.