Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan to re-open closed border checkpoints

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BISHKEK -- Kazakh and Kyrgyz officials agreed to a roadmap to reopen all closed border checkpoints, 24.kg reported.

Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin announced the agreement after a meeting of the Kyrgyz-Kazakh Intergovernmental Council in Bishkek Friday (July 12).

The two sides discussed all issues related to the modernisation of checkpoints on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border.

Kazakhstan closed a number of crossings on the Kyrgyz frontier in 2010 after the overthrow of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Both countries have seen hundreds of radicalised citizens leaving to join "Islamic State" (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and since the collapse of the group's so-called "caliphate", the two countries have been working closer together to manage their borders.

Kazakhstan has also been gradually re-opening border checkpoints as the Kyrgyz instability of 2010 recedes farther into the past.

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