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Permanent US military bases opposed

Permanent US military bases opposed

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Mar 06, 2011 - 19:33

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Wafaq-i-Mili Islami Afghanistaninfo-icon party on Sunday opposed the US government's plan to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan.

About two months ago, President Hamid Karzai publicly confirmed that some US officials were seeking permanent bases in Afghanistan.

However, the Obama administration's point man for Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon, Marc Grossman, on Saturday said the US had no intention of a long-term military presence in the country.

Karzai has said national institutions, Loya Jirgainfo-icon and Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, had the right to decide on the proposed military bases.

"Afghanistan needs no such bases," Bismillah Sher, leader of the political party, told reporters in Kabul.

"The people who support this idea must know that not only Afghan people but regional countries do not want the US to stay for a long time in Afghanistan," he said, calling the issue a sensitive one for Afghans and neighbouring countries.

"Iran is against US presence in Afghanistan and Russia is also concerned about the US presence here," the politician said.

Sher said he had no objection to the presence of troops from any country, but US military bases would endanger Afghanistan's sovereignty. "Those talking about the bases should develop Afghanistan."

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