Kazakh foreign minister hails results of meeting with Rasmussen

Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed ways to maintain security in Afghanistan after 2014 at a meeting in Brussels.

"Our cooperation in maintaining security in Afghanistan, especially after 2014, when the majority of coalition forces are expected to leave [Afghanistan], certainly plays a special role for NATO," Idrisov told journalists.

"The sides understand the importance of continuing political and other contacts between our region, including Kazakhstan, and the coalition's member countries in order to ensure lasting security, stability and socioeconomic recovery in Afghanistan," the Kazakh minister said.

"We are deeply satisfied with these talks, which reaffirmed our shared understanding of the main priorities for cooperation," he said.

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