Kazakh, French defense ministers discussed cooperation development

Kazakh, French defense ministers discussed cooperation developmentASTANA. July 17. KAZINFORM Kazakh Minister of Defence Adilbek Dzhaksybekov met with his French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Ministry’s press service said.

The sides noted the positive dynamics in development of Kazakh-French relations, which is proved by the Treaty on Strategic Partnership that entered into force in 2010.

Dzhaksybekov stressed that so far the cooperation between Kazakhstan and France is characterized by a high level of interaction in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. One of the important components of the Kazakh-French cooperation is the sphere of defense.

Enterprises of the defense industry of France are taking an active part in the development of Kazakhstan’s military-industrial complex. At present, a number of Kazakh-French projects is being successfully implemented.

A joint venture “Thales Kazakhstan Engineering” has been operating since September last year. Another joint enterprise “Granit Thales Electronics” has been launched this year.

The two countries attach big importance to the development of joint enterprises and competitiveness of the production. “Our visit will give additional impulse to the development of bilateral relations, particularly in the military and technical area,” Jean-Yves Le Drian noted.