KABUL (Reuters) – The United States has no interest in establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan and did not intend to use this country as a platform to influence neighboring countries, said the new U.S. ambassador to Kabul on Monday.
Washington is negotiating with the Afghan government agreed to define the American role in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of combat troops from NATO in 2014.
It is not clear that the agreement of “strategic partnership” evokes the question of possible U.S. military bases after 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ruled out making a decision on this matter until peace has been restored.
“We have no interest in having permanent bases in Afghanistan,” assured the ambassador Ryan Crocker after taking office in Kabul. “We will stay as long as necessary and not a day longer.”
Pakistan and Iran, countries bordering Afghanistan, but also Russia and China concerned about U.S. intentions in Central Asia.