Kazakhstan is interested in further strengthening of regional security in Central Asia - Kazakh TV

Kazakhstan is interested in further strengthening of regional security in Central Asia. The country has intensified the dialogue with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the states bordering with Afghanistan. In addition, steps are being taken within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty. Signing of a number of cooperation agreements is planned for the summit of the country leaders of Central Asia, scheduled for March.

ZHUMABEK SARABEKOV, EXPERT, INSTITUTE OF WORLD ECONOMY AND POLITICS:

 - I think security in Afghanistan will be of special interest. We want to contribute to restoring peace in the region. We do not view Afghanistan as a threat, we want to push the economic development in Afghanistan. We are talking about strengthening economic ties with the country. This means investing in Afghanistan, providing humanitarian aid.

The focus of attention of Kazakhstan, as a member of the UN Security Council, is formation of regional peacekeeping forces in Central Asia. The past ministerial debates in the Security Council focused on cooperation between the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan.

HIKMET KARZAI, DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER OF AFGHANISTAN:

 - Efforts of Kazakhstan are appreciated by the Afghan people, particularly, the government of Afghanistan. Highlighting the situation, Afghanistan reflects that the situation in Afghanistan is not in isolation. The situation in Afghanistan has implications not just for Afghanistan, but for the region. That is why for Kazakhstan to come out and look at this issue in greater detail is something the Afghans truly appreciated. The event that we had today at the Security Council was extremely productive.

Countries are proposing to create peacekeeping brigades in Central Asia. They are supposed to be located on the territory of Kazakhstan. Veteran organizations of the country have developed a special concept of regional security. The authors of the idea note that the decision will allow the servicemen of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan to exchange experience.

MURAT MUKHAMEDZHANOV, HEAD, UNION OF VETERANS OF MILITARY OPERATIONS AT TAJIK-AFGHAN BORDER:

 - We are only proposing. We have designed the algorithm of work, of how we can implement this idea. For this purpose, we have the necessary legislative framework, we have a Law on Peacekeeping Activities, Law on Defense, the military doctrine of Kazakhstan. Today, our peacekeeping forces are ready to fulfill any assigned tasks.

Financing of the contingent is proposed to be made jointly with all the participating country. This will require signing of cooperation agreements by the parties. 

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