Azerbaijani President Ilham ALiyev received Vejdi Kenul, the Turkish Defense Minister, on July 20, Trend reports.
Aliyev expressed satisfaction with the visit of the Turkish Defense Minister and noted that the recent visit of the Rejeb Tayip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime-minister, to Azerbaijan testified for the high level of the cooperation between two countries. He said that the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey strengthened in all directions, including military sphere.
According to Aliyev, Azerbaijan did not have regular army in the first years of independence. However, owning to support of the Turkish military men and specialists the Azerbaijani armed forces turned into a strong and disciplined army. The President thanked the Turkish Defense Minister for the comprehensive support in reformation of the Azerbaijani army.
In his turn, Kenul underlined that Ankara did not distinguish between the armies of two countries and the Turksih leadership was ready to render possible aid in the formation of the army of fraternal Azerbaijan.
The Defense Minister appraised military cooperation of Azerbaijan and Turkey in the international level, particularly, within program of NATO.
Besides, Kenul thanked President Aliyev for the last steps on establishment of relations with Northern Cyprus.