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[24.04.2OO2] US defense secretary to Kyrgyzstan on 26 April

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plans visiting Kyrgyzstan on 26-27 April in frame of his travel to Afghanistan and surrounding Central Asian countries. Spokeswoman for the presidential administration Ella Taranova announced in Bishkek on 24 April that President Askar Akayev would receive Rumsfeld on 27 April, discussing aspects of cooperation in the fight against terrorism. According to Taranova, Rumsfeld would meet also Defense Minister Esen Topoev, other Kyrgyz officials and visit the Manas airport near Bishkek were about 1,800 troops of the international coalition are deployed.
RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, April 24, 2002

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