Tuesday, June 23, 2009

US, Kyrgyzstan sign deal on Afghan transit

Updated on : Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BISHKEK: The United States and Kyrgyzstan signed a deal on the transit of non-military cargo to Afghanistan that will effectively keep open a US air base Bishkek had ordered closed, officials said.

"The US and Kyrgyzstan agreed on the opening of a centre for the transit of goods to Afghanistan at the Manas Airport," a source in the Kyrgyz government told foreign news agency.

The source added that the base, which had previously been used for ferrying troops to Afghanistan and the refueling of military aircraft, would from now on only be used for the transit of non-lethal goods.

"The status of the airbase has changed. It will now transport non-military cargo to Afghanistan," the official said.


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