Kazakhstan to send four servicemen to work in Kabul with ISAF – MFA

May 23. Interfax-Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan to send four servicemen to work in Kabul with ISAF - MFAKazakhstan plans to send four servicemen to work at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, said Askar Abdrakhmanov, the spokesman of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Under the agreement signed by Kazakhstan and NATO the republic is going to send 4 servicemen to work at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan,” he told Interfax-Kazakhstan on Monday.

“Which means that we are not sending a contingent of the military forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan but we are joining in the international effort to help the UN recognized government and parliament of Afghanistan to ensure security and restore the peaceful life in this country,” Mr Abdrakhmanov explained.

He also said that the Kazakh servicemen would be rotating every six months.

As reported, on May 18 Majilis, the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament, approved a bill to ratify the agreement, concluded in the form of notes exchange by Kazakhstan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, on participation in the operations of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

“Under the agreement Kazakhstan will send a contingent to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, provided that NATA grants its approval and all required certificates, for a six-month period, which can be extended by mutual agreement”, Majilis’s Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security says in a report.

The bill is to be approved by the Senate, the upper chamber of the parliament, and the Kazakh president.

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