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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by US Transportation Commander, General Darren McDew December 16.
The president expressed confidence that the visit of McDew to Azerbaijan will contribute to the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense, especially with the Transportation Command.
The president highlighted good history of this collaboration. President Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan has close contacts and cooperation with the US Transportation Command, and stressed importance of the visit of McDew in terms of reviewing the work done and discussing future plans.
The president said that Azerbaijan is a reliable partner on all fronts, including the transport sphere.
President Aliyev noted that Azerbaijani servicemen were one of the first contributors to peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, where they have served for 15 years.
The president described it as a vital part of Azerbaijan-US and Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation.
Touching upon his participation in the NATO Summit on Afghanistan, the president underlined the necessity of continuing cooperation in this area.
President Aliyev said Azerbaijan and Afghanistan have maintained very successful cooperation in recent years. The president noted that the Afghan president has visited Azerbaijan twice and they have held meetings, adding very good business relations were established between the two countries.
McDew stressed that Azerbaijan is a very important country from a strategic point of view. He thanked President Aliyev for strong cooperation, underlining it is of great importance not only to his country, but all to countries supporting Afghanistan.
McDew extended gratitude of the commander of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan to President Aliyev for the contribution of the Azerbaijani servicemen and their professional services.