British MP: West should thank Azerbaijan for its participation in Afghan mission
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 20 /Trend, S. Ahmedova/
The West should thank Azerbaijan for the participation of its servicemen in ISAF (International Security Assistance Force, operating in Afghanistan), and for Azerbaijan's continued support of NATO troops, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from Great Britain, Conservative MP and the Head of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, David Davis said.
He made the remarks in response to a question from The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) on Azerbaijan's accession to the international coalition for the fight against terrorism.
The report noted that in recent years, Azerbaijan has been actively involved in peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Currently, 40 percent of support for the ISAF mission is carried out through Azerbaijan's territory and airspace. Next year, when NATO withdraws its troops from Afghanistan, the question of 'an air bridge' will become even more hotly debated. Most probably, heavy equipment will also be transported through Azerbaijan. Cargo that will be transported through Kazakhstan, will now be sent through the Caspian Sea to Baku, from where they will be transported to Turkey via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway," the report said.