Pak­istan sup­ports Azer­bai­jan in con­flicts at int’l level: Tan­veer

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ISLAMABAD —Pak­istan would al­ways sup­port Azer­bai­jan ‘in all con­flicts at in­ter­na­tional level,’ Min­is­ter for De­fence Pro­duc­tion Rana Tan­veer Hus­sain here on Thurs­day said.

In a meet­ing with Azer­bai­jan’s Min­is­ter for De­fence In­dus­try Yavar Ja­malov, Rana Tan­veer said that Azer­bai­jan was a friend of Pak­istan.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, Min­is­ter for De­fence Pro­duc­tion men­tioned that Azer­bai­jan needed to build up its de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity be­cause con­flict be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia was harsh re­al­ity.

He ex­pressed readi­ness to trans­fer tech­nol­ogy by un­der­tak­ing joint ven­tures with the friendly coun­try. “Even a broad based agree­ment on joint de­fence pro­duc­tion can be drafted be­tween two coun­tries,” Rana Tan­veer said. Yavar Ja­malov asked for de­sign­ing spe­cial mech­a­nism in or­der to avoid un­nec­es­sary de­lay­ing for­mal­i­ties of pro­cure­ment be­tween both the coun­tries.

For this pur­pose, he pro­posed that fo­cal per­sons from con­cerned min­istries of both the coun­tries may be formed in or­der to speed up the process of pro­cure­ment. He showed in­ter­est in war­head tech­nol­ogy.

He in­vited Rana Tan­veer to ADEX 2016 (Azer­bai­jan In­ter­na­tional De­fence Ex­hi­bi­tion).

Vice versa in­vi­ta­tion was also given to Azri Min­is­ter to at­tend the Pak­istan’s de­fence pro­duc­tion ex­hi­bi­tion IDEAS 2016. The meet­ing ex­ten­sively de­lib­er­ated to en­hance the de­fence co­op­er­a­tion.

Pak­istan was among the first coun­tries to rec­og­nize Azer­bai­jan. Azer­bai­jan is the sin­gle coun­try in the Cau­ca­sus re­gion which is able to ob­tain the new­est mil­i­tary tech­nolo­gies in de­fi­ance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Azer­bai­jan is ranked as 15th in the world list of high­est arms im­port coun­tries.—APP

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