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Joint Statement by US-Russia Working Group on Afghanistan,
8 February 2002

US Military Presence in Central Asia

The United States and Russian delegations discussed ways to ensure long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan.  They pledged to exchange information and to coordinate on current and planned assistance programs, including specific projects aimed at rebuilding Afghanistan's economy.  They agreed that long-term peace, stability, and prosperity is also critical for the region as a whole. The United States emphasized that it does not seek to establish permanent military bases in Central Asia.