Kyrgyzstan may renew its permit to the international coalition against terrorism to use its Manas airbase for transit of non-military supplies to Afghanistan, head of Kyrgyzstan’s foreign policy department, Aibek Moldogaziev, has said.
This issue will top the agenda during the upcoming talks between Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit due in Yekaterinburg, Moldogaziev said.
Karzai had requested Bakiyev to discuss “possible prolongation of permits for the anti-terror coalition to use the Manas airbase,” he said.
Early this year, Kyrgyzstan had taken a decision to close the airbase and that US troops should leave Manas on or before August 18.
“We should proceed from the current situation not so much in Afghanistan, but in the Afghan-Pakistani zone,” said Moldogaziev.
Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbayev also spoke about possible use of the airbase in an interview with Japan’s Yomiuri daily.
“We will provide our territory for transit of non- military cargoes to Afghanistan. The door for negotiations is open,” Sarbayev said.