US hands over modular complexes to Kazakh Border Service
Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.25
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
US handed over 11 modular complexes worth more than $3 million to the Border Service of Kazakhstan, said the press service of the US Embassy in Kazakhstan.
"US Ambassador John Ordway handed over 11 modular complexes and associated equipment worth $3.028.985 to the Border Service of Kazakhstan," said the statement. "The official handover ceremony was held at point of technical supervision Cape Rocky, located in the Mangistau region.
Modular complexes will help expand the presence of the frontier guards along the earlier unsettled points of the border in the Mangistau region.
"The government of the United Kingdom provided generous funding on this amount, allowing the US government Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program to continue its work with the Border Guard Service to strengthen border capacity in order to prevent and deter illegal movement across international borders of Kazakhstan," the embassy said.
It is also noted that the US State Department established Export Control and Related Border Security program in 2001 in order to assist in the strengthening of the strategic trade control system and create sustainable opportunities for the services responsible for border protection, to prevent, investigate and prosecute illegal transportation of weapons of mass destruction.
At present, the program has contributed $27 million in the form of technical assistance within the framework of the execution of obligations to assist Kazakhstan in the efforts to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.