Baku, Azerbaijan, May 20
Azerbaijan strongly supports Afghanistan on the path towards reaching stability, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov said.
He made the remarks speaking at the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs of countries contributing to the NATO's Resolute Support Mission, the press service of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported May 20.
Mammadyarov said that nowadays, due to completion of the mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, national defense and security forces of Afghanistan have fully taken responsibility for providing security in the country.
At the same time it's known that Afghanistan still faces threats, and more support to this country must be provided, Mammadyarov said.
He went on to add that Azerbaijan remains committed to continuation of efforts in this direction and contribution to the Resolute Support Mission through rendering power, multimodal, transit, training and financial assistance.
"In this regard, I would like to reiterate that Azerbaijan will continue to promote the Resolute
Support mission during 2016," he said. "Azerbaijan has already assisted the Afghanistan National Army Trust Fund and took over the task of rendering financial support to the fund by late 2017."
Mammadyarov also said that Azerbaijan remains committed to the long-term political partnership and practical cooperation with Afghanistan.
Mammadyarov added that after the Resolute Support mission is over, Azerbaijan plans to continue to render assistance through the developed sustainable partnership.
"Azerbaijan's contribution to stability includes not only its participation in NATO operations," he said.
Mammadyarov added that as a country having similar cultural and geographic features with Afghanistan, Azerbaijan supports the Afghan way of reforms by its assistance in the areas of education, infrastructure and transport development, investments and enhancing the role of women in the society.
As an important part of the new Silk Road, Azerbaijan will connect Afghanistan to Europe to support a stable future of this country.