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Kazakh, Egyptian Security Chiefs Hold Talks --> (RFE/RL) November 8, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The chairman of Kazakhstan's National Security Committee (KNB), Amangeldy Shabdarbaev, today held talks with Egypt's intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman al-Rifai.

The meeting took place in Astana on the sidelines of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's visit to Kazakhstan, which ended today.

A statement posted on the KNB's website says the two security chiefs agreed to boost cooperation "against international terrorism, religious extremism, and other threats and challenges."

Shabdarbaev and Suleiman al-Rifai also discussed exchanging information between their respective services.

Kazakhstan on October 12 released a list of 12 organizations it says are banned on suspicion of advocating terrorism.

Among them is the Egyptian-headquartered Muslim Brotherhood.

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