The US Defence Secretary, in an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, said the United States is not seeking to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
Pentagon Chief Robert Gates, who is expected to retire at the end of this month, remarked that the issue of such bases in the country "considerably" depends on the condition on the ground.
"Bases that belong to one country and another country are always a magnet for trouble," Robert Gates said. "On the other hand if we can have joint bases, if we can be a tenet with Afghan security forces so it's an Afghan base where we are providing assistance and have some presence, then I think that is more tolerable to the Afghan people."
"And where those bases and where those joint facilities ought to be, I think it will depend to a considerable stand on the circumstances in the country as we get closer to 2014."
Asked why relations between Kabul and Washington go murky, Gates said it's because the United States hasn't been attentive enough to demands suggested by the Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
He also believes that the United States is experiencing a delicate and difficult relation with Pakistan at the moment.
He said Pakistan "have helped in terms of the situation here by clearing Swatt, by clearing South Waziristan. But there are still sanctuaries in Pakistan we all know that, the Pakistanis know that."
"Afghan government and we have to just keep working with the Pakistani government in terms of getting these sanctuaries eliminated."
The United States will continue to support the Afghan government in different aspects and it will also make efforts to improve relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.