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Argentina returns US military cargo seized in February

Argentina has returned cargo seized in February from a US military plane in Buenos Aires, the US embassy says.

An embassy statement said the incident had been "resolved satisfactorily", adding that "involuntary administrative failures" were to blame.

At the time, Argentine officials accused the US of trying to smuggle in weapons and satellite phones.

The US said the equipment was intended for a police training course and demanded its return.

The Argentine foreign ministry confirmed that the material had been handed back but did not give any more details, AFP news agency reported.

The latest developments appear aimed at drawing a line under the diplomatic spat.

When the row erupted, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman sent a formal protest to the US embassy, demanding a proper explanation about the cargo confiscated at Ezeiza International Airport.

The Argentine government said it included weapons, satellite communications equipment and medicine such as morphine.

US state department spokesman PJ Crowley said they were "puzzled and disturbed" by the actions of Argentine officials.

The training course which involved US military experts and Argentine federal police and focused on hostage rescue techniques was cancelled.

Bilateral ties have been cool since it emerged that US President Barack Obama would not be visiting Argentina during his tour of the region in March.

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