Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan intend to change the status of checkpoints on the state border

26.03.2018

On March 23, the meeting of the Chairman of the State Border Service Colonel Ularbek Sharsheev with the newly appointed Ambassador of Kazakhstan Karim Kokrekbayev was held.

The sides discussed the issues of long-term cooperation between the two countries in the border area, including the improvement of the infrastructure of checkpoints on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh state border and bringing them to international standards within the framework of Kyrgyzstan's integration into the EEU.

The head of the frontier department informed Kokrekbayev that the Kyrgyz side had reconstructed Tokmok, Ken-Bulun, Ak-Tilek and Chaldybar checkpoints.

The competent authorities of the two states are considering the issue of changing the status of the Ken-Bulun and Tokmok checkpoints from bilateral to international. The Kyrgyz side also proposes to introduce year-round operation of the Karkyra checkpoint, which currently operates seasonally from May to October.

"Cooperation in the border area is one of the most important aspects of bilateral relations, in which the joint struggle against international terrorism, religious extremism and separatism plays a key role. The development of partnership relations and the high-quality protection of the joint border are priority areas for cooperation between the two republics," Colonel Sharsheev emphasised.

Reported by Vyecherniy Bishkek.