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On April 15-18, 2018 the Minister of Defence and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Beibut Atamkulov and Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Talgat Mukhtarov paid a working visit to Malaysia.
In the framework of this visit the delegates held a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Malaysia Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. During the conversation, the parties have discussed the current state and possibilities of expanding cooperation between the two countries in the military sphere. Beibut Atamkulov noted that Astana pays great attention to the development of relations with Malaysia in the defense sphere within the framework of the «comprehensive partnership» declared by the leaders of the two states and invited Malaysian side to participate in the V International Exhibition Weapons Systems and Military Equipment «KADEX-2018», which will be held On May 23-26, 2018 in Astana.
Malaysian politician highly evaluated existing bilateral relations and noted that they are characterized by a strong political partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. Moreover, the Minister has expressed interest to the products of the National Company «Kazakhstan Engineering» and noted that Malaysia possibly could become a regional hub in terms of promoting Kazakhstani products to the dynamic arms market of ASEAN member countries.
During the visit, the Kazakhstan delegation took part in the largest exhibition of military equipment and weapons in the Asia-Pacific region «Defence Services Asia 2018» (DSA).
Reference: The International Exhibition Defense Services Asia (DSA) is one of Asia's largest armaments and military forums. DSA is held under the auspices of the Malaysian Ministry of Defense. This year more than 1,500 exhibitors from 60 countries have participated in the event. For the first time the military products from Kazakhstan were presented by LLP «AlmaDK».
On April 16, 2018 Mr. Beibut Atamkulov met with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar Bin Hj. Yahaya, the Senior Vice President of the National Agency «CyberSecurity Malaysia» Mohd Shamir Bin Hashim and the Director General of the National Space Agency «ANGKASA» Dr. Noordin bin Ahmad.
Dr. Azhar Yahaya drew attention to the possibilities of expanding cooperation in the aerospace field and combating cybercrime. Following the meeting, the parties agreed to intensify the interaction between the national companies of the two countries, as well as to consider the possibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between JSC «National company «Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary» and the National Space Agency of Malaysia «ANGKASA». The Malaysian side thanked for the invitation and confirmed its readiness to consider the possibility of participating in the V International Exhibition Weapons Systems and Military Equipment «KADEX-2018» in Astana.