Turkish Defense Minister in Baku to Discuss Military Cooperation

BAKU (Combined Sources)–Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul arrived in Baku on Tuesday at the invitation of his Azeri counterpart Safar Abiyev–to review military relations. Gonul met with President Ilham Aliyev on July 20 to sign a technical agreement on military mapping.

Expressing joy at finally seeing Aliyev–Gonul said he had waited impatiently to see Aliyev after meeting him at the funeral of his father–Heydar.

"One nation–two states," Gonul declared in describing their mutual principles–and stressed the necessity to strengthen defense relations.

"Our countries cooperate closely," Aliyev stated. "Prime Minister Erdogan’s visit to Azerbaijan again demonstrated that our bilateral relations are at a high level. These relations are represented in political–economic–and cultural–as well as in the defense sphere. Turkey has constantly helped Azerbaijan."

Noting the absence of an army during the Azerbaijan’s first years of independence–Aliyev praised the current army’s material and technical capabilities.

The Azeri minister noted Turkey’s military assistance and pledged that Azerbaijan and Turkey would stand side-by-side.

"We have close–sincere–and brotherly relations," Aliyev responded. "We shall take further steps to end the isolation of Northern Cyprus."

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