Israel-Khazakhstan Ink Cooperation Accord

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English: Matam (from Hebrew: Scientific Indust...
English: Matam (from Hebrew: Scientific Industries Center) located at the southern entrance to Haifa, Israel, is the largest and oldest dedicated HiTech park in Israel. Next to it, IEC Tower. The buildings in Matam at the front of the picture are the ones of Intel and Elbit Systems. עברית: פארק התעשיות עתירות הידע מת”ם בחיפה ולצידו מגדל חברת החשמל. הבניינים בחזית התמונה הינם של החברות אינטל ואלביט מערכות. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jan. 20, 2014 - 02:46PM   |   By BARBARA OPALL-ROME
TEL AVIV — Defense ministers from Israel and Khazakhstan inked a security 
cooperation accord Jan. 20 formalizing military and defense industrial ties 
between the two nations.
The bilateral agreement, signed in Tel Aviv by Israeli Defense Minister 
Moshe Ya’alon and his Kazakh counterpart, Adilbek Dzhaksbekov, provides a 
general “umbrella” for cultivating defense trade and future cooperation 
between the two governments, an Israeli defense official here said.


Since Israel and Kazakhstan established diplomatic ties in 1992, the two 
countries have signed multiple cooperation accords involving 
telecommunications, science and technology, and other dual-use sector
The Jan. 20 accord formalizes more than a decade of Israeli arms sales to 
the largely Sunni Muslim, Central Asian republic. Corruption charges 
stemming from the 2004 sale of Israeli artillery systems forced Kazakh 
President Nursultan Nazarabayev, in June 2009, to sack the nation’s defense 
minister and other senior government officials.
Soltam Systems, the Israeli prime contractor at the time, has since been 
acquired by Elbit Systems and executives and agents implicated in the Kazakh 
scandal are no longer representing the company, industry sources here said.
“We appreciate Khazakhstan, a country with a desire to strengthen 
cooperation with us,” said Ya’alon.
Ya’alon did not publicly address specific areas for expanded cooperation, 
but Israeli government and industry officials cited unmanned systems, border 
security, command-and-control capabilities and satellite communications as 
leading sectors of interest to Astana.
This week’s visit marks Dzhaksbekov’s first trip to Israel. The Kazakh 
defense minister and members of his delegation will spend the next two days 
meeting with senior executives of leading Israeli defense firms and program 
“Israel is known worldwide for its capabilities,” Dzhaksbekov said. “I hope 
this visit will mark a milestone for strengthened defense cooperation 
between our countries.”
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