Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has met with the delegation led by the Second Chief of the Turkish General Staff, Corps General Selcuk Bayraktaroglu. The delegation is on a visit to Azerbaijan to participate in the 13th meeting of the Azerbaijani-Turkish High-Level Military Dialogue, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense told AZERTAC.
First, the Turkish delegation visited the grave of national leader Heydar Aliyev in the Alley of Honors and laid flowers at his grave. They also visited the Alley of Martyrs, laid wreaths and flowers at the graves of the heroic sons of the Motherland, who sacrificed their lives for the independence and territorial integrity of the country, and at the monument erected in honor of the Turkish soldiers killed in 1918.
Recalling that relations between the two countries are built on the basis of friendship and brotherhood, the Minister of Defense stressed that Azerbaijan is expanding its cooperation with Turkey in the military, military-technical, military-educational fields to build up defense capability that is one of the main factors ensuring stability in the region.
Colonel General Zakir Hasanov noted that the Patriotic War, which began with a counter-offensive operation, ended with a glorious victory of the Azerbaijan Army under the command of the President of Azerbaijan, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Ilham Aliyev. Informing the delegation about the successful military operations carried out by the Azerbaijan Army, the Minister expressed gratitude for the support of Turkey during the 44-day war.
Congratulating the participants on the starting of the 13th Meeting of the Azerbaijani-Turkish High-Level Military Dialogue in Baku, the Defense Minister wished them success in their activity.
Corps General Bayraktaroglu congratulated the Azerbaijani people on the victory in the Patriotic War, expressed condolences to the families of the martyrs, and wished recovery to the wounded.
The Corps General Bayraktaroglu hailed the friendly and fraternal relations, including the level of effective cooperation between the two countries. He expressed gratitude for organizing a regular meeting of the Azerbaijani and Turkish military delegations in Baku.
During the meeting, the sides discussed prospects for the development and key areas of the Azerbaijani-Turkish military cooperation and exchanged views on conducting joint military exercises with the involvement of various types of troops, as well as other issues of interest.