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31 January 2008
Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev Meets U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Mitchell Shivers

The sides underscored that close interaction between the Military Forces of the two countries is one of the most important and dynamic areas of Kazakhstani-American strategic partnership. This cooperation including Kazakhstan’s assistance to the forces of international coalition in Afghanistan and joint military exercises with the participation of military men from Kazakhstan and the USA is a key factor of maintaining security and stability in the region and a significant contribution to the global war on international terror.

It was underscored that the successful implementation of the five-year plan for bilateral military-technical cooperation in 2003-2008 has created a strong basis to the further development of this cooperation at a new level. Kazakhstan is the sole country in the region that has such a plan of cooperation with the United States.

A variety of military technical programs have been implemented according to this plan including granting of more than 50 off-road vehicles Hammer for the Military Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, establishment of service center for those cars, delivery of two helicopters Huey-2, special armaments and ammunition for the Kazakhstani military unit Kazbrig, and also increase of the number of Kazakhstani military men studying in military educational organizations in the USA.

“We are satisfied with the dynamic of cooperation between the defense agencies of the two countries, which corresponds to the instructions given by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and to the spirit of strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the USA. Expected adoption of a new five-year plan for military cooperation for 2008-2012 will serve further strengthening of bilateral strategic partnership,” the Secretary of State said.

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