Kazakhstan to give Kyrgyzstan free military training and technical support

Mar 18, 2011 12:00 AM

Kazakhstan will provide free military training and technical support to Kyrgyzstan, according to an agreement reached between the two states. The agreement was reached between Kazakh Defence Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and Kyrgyz Defence Minister Abibilla Kudaiberdiyev during a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kazakh capital Astana.
“The heads of the defence departments signed an agreement between the government of Kyrgyzstan and the government of Kazakhstan on rendering gratuitous military aid,” a representative of the Kyrgyz Defence Ministry press service was quoted as saying.

The two republics have given top priority to the training of Kyrgyz military cadres. More than 110 Kyrgyz servicemen currently study at Kazakh military educational establishments on a pro bono basis. To date, around 70 Kyrgyz servicemen have graduated their training.
The training comes within the framework of the bilateral agreement on training military cadres for Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states from 1998 to 2010.

Besides military training, Kyrgyzstan will also receive military hardware at no cost. According to the agreement, the Kazakh Defence Ministry will render to Kyrgyzstan nine GAZ-66 Russian 4x4 off-road military trucks, 11 ZIL-131 general purpose 6x6 army trucks, five armoured personnel carriers and 30 Russian PM-120 mortars.
The defence ministers were in the Kazakh capital as part of an SCO meeting with their counterparts to focus efforts on strengthening security within the group. The organization also works to combat terrorism, extremism, separatism, and drug trafficking, and cooperate in the spheres of trade, science and culture.

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