RoK Minister of Defence Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and James Appaturay, the special representative of the NATO Secretary General to Caucasus and Central AsiaToday in Astana the RoK Minister of Defence Adilbek Dzhaksybekov met with James Appaturay, the special representative of the NATO Secretary General to Caucasus and Central Asia and Alexander Vinnikov, the new NATO officer on interaction with Central Asia.
- The Defence Ministry welcomes the renewal of activity of the officer on interaction in the region. We are sure that it will promote effective coordination of our cooperation with the Alliance, - noted Dzhaksybekov.
- For Kazakhstan the priority in cooperation with NATO is the issue of peacekeeping divisions training for ensuring operational compatibility. The practical side is aimed at development of national peacekeeping capacity, participation in joint drills and an exchange of experience in planning, conducting and comprehensive execution of peacekeeping operations, – emphasized the Minister.
- Kazakhstan is the most active partner of NATO in the region. The North Atlantic Alliance highly appreciates the level of preparedness of Kazakh Armed Forces. We are interested in further strengthening of bilateral cooperation and we will give our every support, - noted James Appaturay during the meeting.
On an annual basis the “Steppe Eagle” peacekeeping doctrine takes place in Kazakhstan where along with the Kazakhstan military personnel, the representatives of other foreign states participate at the drill. In September 2012, in the drill was carried out in the spirit of “Partnership for Peace” with participation of Armed forces of Kazakhstan, the USA, Great Britain, Tajikistan, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, France, Ukraine and Switzerland.
For the purposes of teaching NATO techniques and standards to the Kazakhstan military personnel the Training center under the Military institute of ground forces (KAZTsENT) has been established. Over 30 courses and seminars, including “English Military Terminology in Multinational Operations” and “NATO Staff Procedures” have been already conducted for Kazakhstan military personnel and its partners.
WKT citing the press service of RoK Ministry of Defence