Britain to help Kyrgyzstan in army reform: official

August 27th, 2011 - 3:45 am ICT by IANS  

Bishkek, Aug 27 (IANS) Britain has said it will help Kyrgyzstan in its efforts to reform its armed forces, the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said.

According to Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry’s press service, British Major General Graham Howard, heading a Defence Ministry delegation during its visit to capital city Bishkek, made the promise during his meeting with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev.

One of the tasks facing the British embassy in Kyrgyzstan is to assist the country’s Defence Ministry in its reform efforts, including strengthening and modernising the military and developing its technological potential, Xinhua reported Howard as saying.

Educational programmes for junior officers of the Kyrgyz Defence Ministry will be offered, Howard said.

The two sides also discussed the military and political situation in Afghanistan, threats and challenges to regional security, the mission of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, as well as the prospect of transferring security control to Afghan authorities.

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