ALMATY, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Kazakhstan's Senate on Monday adopted a bill approving an agreement signed by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members last year on joint military exercises.
The bill goes into effect after being signed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Kazakh Telegraph Agency reported.
The report quoted a foreign policy, defense and security committee of the lower house of Kazakhstan's parliament as saying that the agreement was aimed at coordinating actions by the defense departments of the SCO members to cope with threats to the region's peace, security and stability.
The agreement was signed by defense ministers of the SCO member states in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek in June 2007.
Comprising China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the SCO pledges to enhance security, trade, cultural, military and judicial cooperation among member countries.