Israel, Kazakhstan sign defense pact

Jan. 21, 2014 at 7:21 AM

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Israel and Kazakhstan have signed a security cooperation agreement to improve bilateral defense trade, officials said.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Kazakh Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksbekov inked the agreement Monday in Tel Aviv, Israel Radio reported. Ya'alon said Israel appreciates Kazakhstan's desire to cooperate with the Jewish state.

"Israel is known worldwide for its capabilities. I hope this visit will mark a milestone for strengthened defense cooperation between our countries," Defensenews.com quoted Dzhaksbekov as saying.

It was Dzhaksbekov's first visit to Israel.

The website noted since both countries established diplomatic ties in 1992, several cooperation accords have been signed in a number of areas, including telecommunications, technology and science.

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