Azeri defense minister receives NATO commander-in-chief

Politics Materials 20 May 2006 14:55 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijani Defense Minister received on 19 May the commander-in-chief of NATOs Air Forces in Europe, General William Tom Hobbins, the Ministry told Trend.

During the meeting Abiyev noted that Azerbaijan closely cooperates with NATO and the United States. The cooperation with NATO successfully continues in line with the Action Plan on Individual Partnership. Concerning the existing military-political situation in the South Caucasus region the minister said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the major reason impeding the rehabilitation of peace and stability in the region. Armenia with its destructive policy avoids from peaceable talks and keeps under occupation 20% of Azerbaijani territory, he underlined.

In his turn, General Hobbins noted the successes in the cooperation between NATO and Azerbaijan. The successful implementation of the Action Plan of the Individual Partnership will bring close the country with the bloc. He also noted that the visit targets familiarity with the air forces of Azerbaijan. I believe that the US-Azerbaijan cooperation in the sphere of air forces is getting expanded, he underlined.

The gathering focused on exchange of opinion on future perspectives of the US-Azerbaijan military cooperation between, integration in to the European organizations, Azerbaijans activities under the anti-terror coalition and different issues of mutual concern.