BISHKEK (AFP) - Kyrgyzstan has reached an agreement with the US that will open up its territory for the transit of non-lethal cargo to support Nato forces in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister said Friday. We have reached an agreement about the transit of non-military cargo to Afghanistan via Kyrgyz territory, Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbayev said during an interview with local news website 24.kg. The announcement by Sarbayev did not address the issue of the pending closure of the key US airbase at Manas, which Bishkek ordered closed earlier this year under what was largely seen as pressure from Moscow. Intense speculation has surrounded the fate of the base, which is located outside the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek and which Kyrgyzstan has ordered US forces to quit by August 18. A source in the Kyrgyz government, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the negotiations, confirmed that a basic deal had been reached between the two sides, but said some issues remained under discussion. A new agreement between the governments of Kyrgyzstan and the US is being prepared regarding this question. The yearly fee for the transit of cargo to Afghanistan has not yet been concretely fixed, he said. Manas is used to ferry tens of thousands of troops in and out of Afghanistan each year. The loss of the base would deal a major blow to coalition military efforts at a time when US President Barack Obama has pledged to boost the campaign there against the Taliban. Sarbayev did not address in the interview exactly how the cargo would transit to Afghanistan, which does not share a land border with Kyrgyzstan.