(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Shkent August 05 (QNA) - The Uzbek foreign ministry has denied the information of allegedly ongoing talks about the opening of the U.S. military base in the territory of the Republic. "The Republic of Uzbekistan does not allow deploying the foreign military bases and facilities in its territory in accordance with the foreign policy concept of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved as a law on September 10 2012" according to a statement posted on the official website of the foreign ministry. "The head of the U.S. Central Command during the meetings in Tashkent did not discuss the plans for the possible deployment of the U.S. base in Uzbekistan" spokesman for the U.S. Central Command Brian Fickel said. It was reported that the commander of U.S. Central Command paid a visit to Uzbekistan in late July. During his visit he met with the foreign minister and defense minister. The General was also received by Uzbek President Islam Karimov. The U.S used the "Khanabad" military airfield in Kashkadarya region 10 kilometers east of the city of Karshi from 2001 to 2005. (QNA)
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