Azerbaijan, Baku, June 3 /Trend, I.Huseynov /
"This is an opportunity for him (Robert M. Gates) to express our appreciation, and also to figure out how we can work better together to maintain the level of support that is now flowing through Azerbaijan", - Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said, official site of Department of defence reported.
About a quarter of the supplies bound for U.S. forces in Afghanistan pass through Azerbaijan.
On June 6, Gates will fly to Baku, Azerbaijan, where he'll meet with President Ilham Aliyev, and the next day, he'll meet with Defense Minister Col. Gen. Safar Abiyev.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today embarked on a five-nation trip that will begin with his participation in a major Asian security conference in Singapore.
In addition to Singapore, the secretary will travel to Azerbaijan, England, Belgium and Germany.
The secretary will emphasize the importance the United States places on its role in Asia, the official said, as well as the need for mutual responsibility for all countries in the region.
On June 9, Gates will travel to Brussels, Belgium, for a meeting of NATO defense ministers. When the NATO meetings conclude June 11, the secretary will fly to Germany, where he'll visit wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and speak at the Kaiserslautern High School graduation ceremony before heading back to Washington.