A Kyrgyz official says the United States and Kyrgyzstan have reached a
deal that will allow the U.S. to continue using a Kyrgyz airbase to
transport supplies for the U.S. military to Afghanistan.
the plan approved Tuesday by a Kyrgyz parliamentary committee, the
United States will more than triple the rent that it pays to use the
Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbayev has
told lawmakers the U.S. will pay the Kyrgyz government $60 million a
year for rent. The previous rent was just under $17.5 million.
Sarbayev says the U.S. has also agreed to pay at least $36 million for
airport improvements, $30 million for new navigational equipment and
more than $40 million for economic development and anti-drug
The deal appears to place new restrictions on U.S. activities at the base, only allowing the shipping of non-military supplies.
February, the Kyrgyz government said it was giving the United States
six months to leave the base, after Russia pledged to give Kyrgyzstan
about $2 billion in loans and aid.
But Kyrgyzstan officials signaled in recent weeks they were open to reconsider the eviction.
U.S. military commander, Colonel Christopher Bruce, said last week the
Manas air base was on schedule to close by Kyrgyzstan's August 18
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.