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PublishDate: Saturday, May 11, 2013 09:27

‘US seeks no permanent military bases in Afghanistan’

United States does not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan and the presence of US troops aimed at training Afghanistan forces and targeting the remnants of al Qaeda.

The United States seeks no permanent military bases in Afghanistan and any American presence after 2014 drawdown would be at the invitation of Kabul, aimed at training Afghan forces and targeting al-Qaeda remnants, White House Press Secretary said.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney was responding to claims by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the United States wanted to keep nine bases in his country after the withdrawal of combat troops in 2014.

“As the President has already made clear, the United States does not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan, and any US presence after 2014 would only be at the invitation of the Afghanistan government and aimed at training Afghanistan forces and targeting the remnants of al Qaeda,” Carney told reporters, when asked if he could confirm Karzai’s statement. 

“As we have said, we envision that the bilateral security agreement will address access to and use of Afghanistan facilities by U.S. forces. But we seek no permanent military bases in Afghanistan. We’ve been very clear about that,” the press secretary explained.

When asked if the post-2014 bases would be temporary, the spokesman replied: “Again, we seek no permanent bases.
(The News)

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