US State Department: Afghanistan is not a threat to Central Asian countries
Afghanistan is not a threat to the Central Asian countries, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Hoagland said, who is now on a visit to Uzbekistan.
"I know that to some extent there is a belief that for Afghanistan's neighboring countries there is a great threat that might come from Afghanistan. Let me assure you that we do not agree with this assessment," RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.
According to the diplomat, much work needs to be done in order to provide long-term stability in Afghanistan, in order to "preserve such optimism for a long time."
At the same time, he assured that the United States has no interest in opening a military base in Central Asia, "because it means that the situation in the region as a whole does not require our military presence."