Kazakhstan attaches importance to NATO (PHOTO)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept 5 /Trend D.Mukhtarov/

Kazakhstan attaches much importance to continuing the dialogue with NATO in ensuring regional and global security, Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov said during a meeting with NATO Parliamentary Assembly Chairman Karl Lamers, the ministry said on Wednesday.

The third cycle of the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO for 2012-2013, prepared by the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan together with the government bodies and that included new activities in the military sphere was approved in August.

The sides expressed confidence that the implementation of the plan will contribute to the development potential of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, especially its peacekeeping component.

The grand opening of the tenth peacekeeping exercise Steppe Eagle, which will be attended by members of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, the U.S., UK, Tajikistan, as well as representatives of Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Ukraine will be held on Thursday in accordance with one of the objectives of the IPAP.

Dzhaksybekov also mentioned the development of the Training Center Partnership for Peace, which became one of the main tools for teaching methods and NATO standards for Kazakh soldiers.

Lamers, in turn, noted Kazakhstan's significant contribution to strengthen stability and security

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