Kazakhstan to boost peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan

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Igor Yumov

2008-10-30

ALMATY, Oct 27—Kazakhstan is considering the idea of boosting its support for the work of ISAF in Afghanistan, the Kazakh defence minister Danial Ahmetov told the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Defence. “We are currently investigating ways to transport ISAF shipments to Afghanistan by rail.”

“The contribution of Kazakh officers to the work of hospitals and the headquarters of the ISAF could play a valuable role in the stabilisation of Afghanistan. This issue is currently being considered in depth, and NATO has welcomed the steps taken by Kazakhstan in this direction,” Ahmetov said.

He also expressed the view that Kazakhstan’s relations with NATO ought to be taken to a new level. “Today, significant progress was made in our partnership with regard to scientific programmes, diplomacy and other areas.”

On Oct. 15, the minister met NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Brussels. “Both parties underlined their commitment to strengthening bilateral ties and discussed regional and international security issues," he stated.

NATO has decided to hold a forum of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Kazakhstan next July. “We also received positive feedback on our new 'Road to Europe' programme," the Kazakh defence minister added in an interview at the close of his meeting at NATO headquarters. [CA-NEWS]

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