President Atambaev repeated once more that there should be no military contingent at the Manas airport in 2014
Bishkek, February 20 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev today received the U.S. delegation headed by Susan Elliott, Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.
The meeting was also attended by U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Pamela Spratlen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia David Sedney, Director of the Office for Central Asia at the US National Security Council Lynne Tracy, Major-General John Nicholson, head of foreign policy department in the rank of Deputy Chief of the President’s Office of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ruslan Kazakbaev, Secretary of Council of Defense Busurmankul Taabaldiev, Defense Minister of the KR Taalaibek Omuraliev, chairman of the National Security Committee of the KR Shamil Atakhanov.
The press service of the Kyrgyz President reports that, Susan Elliott expressed gratitude to the Kyrgyz Republic for contribution of the Transit center at Manas airport to security in Afghanistan and in the region as a whole.
Director of the Office for Central Asia at the US National Security Council Lynne Tracy conveyed Almazbek Atambaev greetings of U.S. President Barack Obama, which states that a peaceful transfer of power in Kyrgyzstan can serve as a good example for many countries.
During the meeting the sides stressed the importance of strengthening security in Afghanistan. In addition, the sides emphasized the necessity to find a political solution, in order to Afghanistan in the future did not become an asylum for terrorists and a source of drug trafficking.
Speaking about the U.S. military presence in the country, the Kyrgyz President said that after summer of 2014 there should be no foreign military contingent at the Manas civil airport.
President Atambaev also noted that cooperation with the U.S. in the future will be built on the basis of national interests of Kyrgyzstan and democratic development will be one of the factors to strengthen bilateral relations between the countries.