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[05.06.23] U.S. Extends Lease On Kyrgyz Air Base For Three Years

The U.S. lease of the air base at Bishkek's Manas Airport has been extended for three years, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Askar Aitmatov announced during his visit to the United States. The facilities at Manas are used by the international antiterrorism coalition to support its activities in Afghanistan. The Russian news agency commented that Aitmatov was unable to give a specific date on which Western military forces would leave Kyrgyzstan. At present there are reportedly about 1,500 servicemen from seven countries stationed at Manas, along with jet fighters from Denmark and the Netherlands and other types of military planes used for delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan as well as military actions. The United States has just leased an additional piece of land from the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry for administration and personnel housing.
 
Itar-Tass, June 05, 2003

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