Azer­bai­jan, U.S. hail suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of mil­i­tary ties

Azer News - - Front Page - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

The Min­is­ter of De­fense of Azer­bai­jan, Colonel-Gen­eral Zakir Hasanov met with a del­e­ga­tion led by Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of De­fense of the United States Laura Cooper on De­cem­ber 4.

Wel­com­ing the guests, the Min­is­ter of De­fense noted the suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of mil­i­tary re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and out­lined the mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the U.S., in­clud­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Azer­bai­jani sol­diers in the frame­work of NATO pro­grams, as well as the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Azer­bai­jani peace­keep­ers in Afghanistan.

The Min­is­ter stressed that both coun­tries are in­ter­ested in ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the mil­i­tary, mil­i­tary­tech­ni­cal and mil­i­tary-ed­u­ca­tional spheres. Colonel-Gen­eral said that it was de­cided to in­crease the num­ber of Azer­bai­jani of­fi­cers study­ing in ad­vanced mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions of the U.S.

In­form­ing the guests about the mil­i­tary-po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion, the Min­is­ter of De­fense em­pha­sized that Ar­me­nia, which poses a threat to sta­bil­ity in the South Cau­ca­sus, de­spite the norms and prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law, con­tin­ues to oc­cupy the ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan.

In turn, Cooper stressed that the U.S. gov­ern­ment is in­ter­ested in ex­pand­ing and strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion with Azer­bai­jan in the field of se­cu­rity and de­fense.

Highly ap­pre­ci­at­ing con­tri­bu­tion of Azer­bai­jan to op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan, in­clud­ing the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Azer­bai­jani peace­keep­ers, Cooper, quot­ing the words of U.S. Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis, noted that "the suc­cesses achieved to­day in Afghanistan would have been im­pos­si­ble with­out the ac­tive sup­port of Azer­bai­jan."

The guest high­lighted the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jan in the fight against ter­ror­ism and the ex­em­plary ser­vice of peace­keep­ers in Afghanistan.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the sides dis­cussed prospects for the devel­op­ment of mil­i­tary re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the U.S., in par­tic­u­lar, co­op­er­a­tion in the field of se­cu­rity and de­fense, as well as is­sues of mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal train­ing.

Ex­panded mil­i­tary con­sul­ta­tions were held be­tween a del­e­ga­tion led by Azer­bai­jan's Deputy Min­is­ter of De­fense for Per­son­nel – Chief of the Main De­part­ment for Per­son­nel Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Karim Valiyev and a del­e­ga­tion led by Laura Cooper on De­cem­ber 5.

Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tions, a com­pre­hen­sive ex­change of views was held on ex­pan­sion of the Azer­bai­janUS mil­i­tary re­la­tions, se­cu­rity, mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tion, con­tri­bu­tion of the Azer­bai­jani peace­keep­ing con­tin­gent to the non-com­bat mis­sion con­ducted in Afghanistan, and other is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Cooper par­tic­u­larly noted the ex­em­plary ser­vice of the Azer­bai­jani peace­keep­ers in the “Res­o­lute Sup­port” mis­sion con­ducted in Afghanistan.

The sides noted the im­por­tance of re­solv­ing the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict on the ba­sis of the norms and prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law.

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