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The Taliban oppose the establishment of bases in the region after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Pakistan has promised that American bases will not be deployed on its territory.

The statements were made amid speculation that the United States, which is withdrawing its military from Afghanistan, would want an area nearby to attack militant targets, AP reported.

The warning also came as efforts were stepped up to expedite the stalled peace talks between the government and the Taliban. Both Pakistan and Qatar pressured the Taliban to take part in the talks in Turkey. The UN-sponsored talks were due to take place in Turkey last month, but the Taliban refused to take part.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Minister told the Pakistani Senate that the country will not allow the deployment of American bases on its territory.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Pakistan has deployed four air bases for the US-led coalition.

The United States and about 7,000 NATO troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11 at the latest. In a statement earlier this week, US Central Command said it had completed about 25% of the withdrawal.

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