US: Talks to continue on keeping Kyrgyz base

Kyrgyzstan Materials 4 February 2009 10:55 (UTC +04:00)

The U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan says talks will continue on keeping a key American air base in the country despite the Kyrgyz president's announcement that it will close, reported AP.

The base in the Central Asian country is a key element in support for U.S. and international operations in Afghanistan.

Kyrgyzstan's president announced Tuesday that the country has decided the Manas base must close.

But a U.S. Embassy statement Wednesday said the United States has received no formal notification of the decision.

"We have been in discussions with Kyrgyz authorities on the future of Manas air base. These discussions will continue," the statement said.