U.S. has not received notification to close military base in Kyrgyzstan: U.S. Department of State
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 6 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The U.S has not received official notification from Kyrgyzstan to close the Manas military base, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza said in an interview with Trend on Feb. 6.
On Feb. 4, the Kyrgyz government passed a decision to close the U.S. military base in Manas. Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said at a news conference after negotiations in Moscow.
The U.S. base opened in the territory of the Manas international airport in Bishkek in December 2001 as part of an UN mandate to support coalition anti-terrorism operations in Afghanistan.
More than 1,000 U.S. servicemen, as well as military and transport aircrafts are at the base.
"At this point, we have not received formal notification by Kyrgyzstan to close the base," Bryza said.
Bryza said the U.S. continues to discuss base issues with the Kyrgyz authorities.