Kazakh Parliament approves agreement with US on special cargo transit to Afghanistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 2 / Trend E.Kosolapova /
Kazakh Parliament has approved today a bill on amendments to the agreement between Kazakhstan and U.S. on special cargo transit to Afghanistan, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported
The Kazakh Majilis [lower chamber of parliament] approved the draft law on ratification of the Protocol on amendment to the Agreement between Kazakhstan and the U.S. to provide a commercial special cargo rail transit through the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan in connection with U.S. participation in efforts to stabilize and restore the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" at its plenary session on Wednesday.
Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Konstantin Zhigalov said the agreement is a great contribution to the multinational effort to resolve the Afghan problem.
"The document meets the important foreign policy target posed by President Nazarbayev to create a security belt around our country," Zhigalov said.
According to Zhigalov, the document was developed with the consideration of 'national interests'.
"Ratification of the Protocol amending the agreement does not entail a negative socio-economic and legal consequences or extra budget expenditures," Zhigalov said. "Transit will be implemented on a commercial basis. The U.S. side will pay for all services. "