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Russia, Kazakhstan agree to counter extremism

August 16, 2016, 17:14 UTC+3 ASTANA

The Russian and Kazakh interior ministers sign an agreement on fighting extremism

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ASTANA, August 16. /TASS/. The Russian and Kazakh interior ministers have signed an agreement on fighting extremism at a meeting of the joint board of the two countries’ Interior Ministries held in Ust-Kamenogorsk (eastern Kazakhstan).

"Following the meeting, the heads of the delegations signed the decisions aimed at stepping up the fight against extremism and ensuring road traffic safety and endorsed a plan of activities for 2017," Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry reported on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the two sides "mapped out ways of enhancing data exchange on persons involved in terrorist and extremist crimes who are on the wanted list and data exchange on extremist and terrorist organizations."

They also discussed road safety issues, including "the intensification of data exchange on registration and deregistration of vehicles, issuance of registration and driving licenses and cooperation in investigative work to search for vehicles and persons involved in their theft."

According to Kazakhstan’s Interior Minister, Kalmukhanbet Kasymov, "cooperation between the two ministries in combating crime has reached a qualitatively new level.".

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