Azerbaijan, NATO discuss bilateral relations

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Baku, February 16, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan`s first Deputy Minister of Defense, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Najmaddin Sadikov has today met a delegation led by NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai to discuss the bilateral ties in military field.

Sadikov said Azerbaijan was a partner of NATO, hailing the organization`s position on security in the South Caucasus as “principled and firm”.

The Deputy Minister of Defense highlighted the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, noting Armenian military aggression against the country “is a serious threat to peace, stability and security not only in the region, but also in the world”.

Sadikov expressed hope that cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO would continue to expand even further.

NATO Secretary General's Special Representative Appathurai hailed NATO-Azerbaijan. He praised the country`s contribution to international security as part of the peacemaking operations in Afghanistan.

They also discussed programs being jointly implemented by Azerbaijan and NATO.

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