Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.14 / Trend M. Aliyev /
A NATO official will pay a visit to Baku in late January, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman Eldar Sabiroglu told Trend.
NATO International Military Staff Cooperation and Regional Security Department Chief, Major-General Carlos Branco will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on Jan. 31.
The foundation for cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO was laid through signing a program-document within the framework of the Partnership for Peace on May 4, 1994. Azerbaijan was one of the 27 OSCE member countries to join the program.
In April 1996, an official document envisaging concrete directions in the cooperation was signed within the framework of the Partnership for Peace. Now, Azerbaijan is fulfilling about 50 tasks in conformity with the program.
On Aug. 3, 2005, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed the Decree on "Approval of the Action Plan on Individual Partnership between the Azerbaijani Republic and NATO".
Now the cooperation is carried out within the second phase of the Individual Partnership Action Plan between Azerbaijan and NATO.