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The parliament of Kyrgyzstan has shifted course for this legislative session and will not consider forcing U.S. forces out of the air base at Manas airport, Kyrgyz media reported this week.

The issue was not part of the parliament’s official agenda, adopted Wednesday.

Manas has evolved into one of the key regional hubs for U.S. troops and a major transit point for troops and supplies heading to and from Afghanistan. But over the years, several incidents have complicated the U.S. presence. Some Kyrgyz politicians have begun talking of forcing the base to close.

According to the Kyrgyz media, the Parliament will instead take up issues like energy policy and the investigation into a September jetliner crash near the Manas airport.


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