U.S. contacts Kyrgyz interim government

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The U.S. government has started to contact the Kyrgyz interim government, said the U.S. ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Tatiana Gfoeller in Bishkek on Sunday.

Regarding Kyrgyzstan as an important cooperative partner, the ambassador also said the United States will continue to support the impoverished Central Asian country.

The United States has provided aid to Kyrgyzstan via the transit center at the Manas international airport, she said, adding that such aid would further increase in the next few weeks.

The U.S. embassy has prepared to hold talks with Kyrgyz interim leaders, said Gfoeller, who believed the partnership between the two countries would bring benefits to the Kyrgyz people.

U.S. aid to Kyrgyz economy and democratic politics would continue, she said.

The ambassador also called on all political powers of Kyrgyzstan to stay calm and avoid violent clashes.

U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as herself were all watching closely the Kyrgyz situation, she added.

The transit center at the Manas airport in Kyrgyzstan, which is under a lease to the United States, plays an important role for the logistic support to the War in Afghanistan.

Kyrgyz opposition parties on Thursday claimed to form an interim coalition government, while President Kurmanbek Bakiyev refused to step down after clashes that left at least 79 people dead and another 1,400 injured.

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