Azerbaijan interested in expanding cooperation with U.S. on security issues (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, June 24 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Azerbaijan is interested in expanding the strategic cooperation with U.S. on security issues, Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said at a news conference at the end of the meeting on security issues between the two countries.
"The security issues, include international security, the Euro-Atlantic cooperation, cooperation in combating terrorism, security of Azerbaijan's energy infrastructure," he said. "Both sides agreed to enhance the cooperation on all these issues in the future."
He said that the next round of talks will be held in Washington next year. Answering about the postponement of the date of the Azerbaijani-U.S military exercises, Deputy Minister said that these exercises were postponed for technical reasons and they may take in the nearest future. He added that the Azerbaijani military will take part in a number of large-scale exercises along with the U.S. military in the nearest future.
During the bilateral dialogue in Baku the sides also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, in particular the prospect of developing the situation after the withdrawal of U.S. additional armed forces. "Azerbaijan, as an Islamic country, is ready to continue assisting Afghanistan in restoring the stability in the country," Azimov said.