Afghanistan has rejected statements released by the US Embassy in Kabul, denying that Washington had requested to keep nine military bases in the war-torn country, Press TV reports.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi rejected the denial by US officials by saying that Washington had made the request out in the open.
Faizi said that Karzai made a statement regarding the US wanting nine military bases, based on requests made by the US during recent negotiations.
The presidential spokesperson added that Washington had even produced a list of cities where it wanted to set up or keep its military bases.
During a speech at Kabul University last Thursday, the Afghan president said that Washington had recently demanded to keep nine of its military bases in Afghanistan, and that it preferred its bases to be located in the main cities of Afghanistan, such as the capital Kabul, Kandahar, and Herat.
Afghanistan and the US are in negotiations to reach an agreement to sign security pact.
After announcing Washington’s request, Karzai added that Kabul also had its demands and interests.
“Our conditions are that the US intensifies efforts in the peace process, strengthen Afghanistan’s security forces, provide concrete support to the economy - power, roads and dams - and provide assistance in governance,” Karzai said.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.
The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops.