ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan signed their first Military Cooperation Plan during a recent meeting between Kazakh Minister of Defence Colonel General Saken Zhasuzakov and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Defence Minister Colonel General Qobul Berdiyev, reported the Kazakh Military of Defence website Aug. 19.
The cooperation plan calls for joint operational and combat training and cooperation in military education.
Zhasuzakov and Berdiyev also discussed bilateral cooperation, including defence cooperation in light of regional threats.
At the meeting with Zhasuzakov, Mirziyoyev said he is satisfied with the interaction between the armed forces of the two countries but said strengthening defence cooperation would benefit regional security.
Zhasuzakovh thanked Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and conveyed best wishes from Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
During the stay, Zhasuzakov visited one of the military units of the Uzbek Armed Forces in Kokand. He also paid tribute to the memory of first Uzbek President Islam Karimov and laid flowers at Karimov’s grave in Samarkand.