A military delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by Deputy Minister of Defence Lieutenant-General Talgat Mukhtarov took part in the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference, which was held November 14-16, 2017 in Vancouver (Canada).

The conference was attended by more than 80 official delegations of UN member states and international organizations, as well as Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the special representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie.

In his speech, the Deputy Minister of Defence highlighted issues of interaction between military departments of the UN member states in working out joint participation in peacekeeping missions in the context of Kazakhstan's upcoming chairmanship of the UN Security Council in January 2018.

"This work is aimed to effectively promote initiatives defined by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev in the Manifesto "The World. XXI century” and the Political appeal to the UN Security Council,” – Lieutenant-General T. Mukhtarov said.

Within the framework of the event, the Kazakh military delegation met with the Minister of National Defense of Canada, Harjit Sajjan and his First Deputy, Jody Thomas. The parties discussed promising areas for developing military cooperation between Kazakhstan and Canada. The host country warmly welcomed the intensification of Kazakhstan’s activities in peacekeeping affairs, as well as ensuring international security and regional stability.

Also, in order to discuss earlier agreements and further expand bilateral and multilateral defense cooperation, the delegation held a number of meetings with the leaders of the military delegations of Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, the United States, Japan, as well as with the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

Press service of the Ministry of Defence

Published: 22 November 2017

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