Baku and Ankara pledge to further strengthen military cooperation, improve regional security and peace [PHOTO]

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May 13, 2022 2:18 p.m. (UTC+04:00)

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Head of Azerbaijani State Security Service Colonel Ali Naghiyev and Secretary General of the Turkish National Security Council (MGK) Seyfullah Hacimuftuoglu discussed regional security in Baku, Azernews reports in the press release of the service of May 12.

Welcoming the guest, Naghiyev highlighted the high-level relations between the two nations, which have been achieved through the joint efforts of heads of state, as well as the continued expansion of security cooperation in accordance with the statement by Choucha, signed on June 15, 2021.

Stressing Turkey’s support for regional stability and peace, the Azerbaijani security chief assured that bilateral relations would be further strengthened to ensure security in the region.

For his part, Hacimuftuoglu expressed satisfaction with the level of interstate cooperation on security issues and stressed the importance of the continuous development of these relations.

Other issues of common interest were also discussed during the meeting.

Defense Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov also received the Turkish delegation led by Hacimuftuoglu, who was on an official visit to Azerbaijan, the ministry reported on May 12.

Hasanov stressed that the brotherly and cordial relations of the two nations have made a major contribution to bilateral cooperation.

Hasanov highlighted the high-level military, military-technical and military-educational cooperation, as well as other types of cooperation between the two countries, noting that these ties help improve regional peace, security and stability.

Hacimuftuoglu, in turn, stressed the importance of further development of relations.

In addition, the officials discussed the future of Azerbaijani and Turkish cooperation as well as a number of other topics of mutual interest.

On June 15, Azerbaijan and Turkey signed the Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations, during Erdogan’s first official visit to Shusha, eight months after Azerbaijan’s victory in the war against Armenia in 2020. The document focuses on defense cooperation, promoting regional stability and prosperity, and establishing new transportation routes.

It affirms the joint efforts of the two armies in the face of foreign threats. The declaration also promises joint efforts for the restructuring and modernization of the armed forces. In addition, the two nations claim to encourage the realization of joint projects with the aim of developing capabilities in the maritime, air and space fields.

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