Statement of the Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

In connection with the inquiries of a number of media outlets concerning the information posted on the personal Facebook page of the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Isakov dated October 11, 2017, regarding his negotiations with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the current situation on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh state border, the Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan officially declares.

Firstly, in the framework of the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Sochi (Russian Federation), no talks were held between the President of Kazakhstan and the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan.

Mr. S. Isakov has briefly approached the Head of our State, which is confirmed by a photo posted on his personal Facebook page.

Secondly, the information that the President of Kazakhstan "instructed the Government of Kazakhstan to eliminate all the issues that have arisen at the border" is incorrect.

In fact, the Government is instructed to hold an intergovernmental consultation on this issue.

As it was reported earlier in the Kazakh media, the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Revenue, Transport Control Committees are conducting a planned border operation along the entire perimeter of the state border of the country, including the Kazakh-Kyrgyz section.

The strengthening of inspection of persons, vehicles, cargo and goods crossing the border is carried out within the framework of the current legislation, without infringement of the rights of Kazakhstani and foreign citizens.

There are no restrictions or prohibitions on crossing the border.

The main goal of the planned border operation is to stop illegal activities in the border area, identify persons involved in terrorist, smuggling and other criminal activities, check compliance with the border regime and migration legislation.

In turn, the Border Guard Service of the Kyrgyz Republic has intensified border control for the period of preparation and conduct of the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan.

The Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan officially expresses bewilderment at the spread of the distorted information and confirms its openness to cooperation with any media in providing objective information.

October 12, 2017

www.primeminister.kz

Published: 12 October 2017

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