Baku, Azerbaijan, May 12
NATO and partners value Azerbaijan's contributions to international security, such as its efforts in support of Afghanistan, said James Appathurai, the NATO secretary general's special representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.
He made the remarks May 12 in an interview with Azernews.
"I think it is important to see the longer-term benefits of the NATO-Azerbaijan partnership and its strategic value," he said.
He added that the close cooperation within the NATO framework have allowed Azerbaijan and the other parts of the South Caucasus to become part of a community of nations.
Appathurai also said that NATO and its partners are ready to support Azerbaijan with its reforms.
"All this strengthens the international position of the region and each of the individual countries," he added.
The NATO official also said that the partnership provides a solid footing for cooperation, which aims to develop and reform Azerbaijan's security sector with the objective of enhancing both the efficiency of Azerbaijan's security sector as well as its accountability.