RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and Azerbaijan agreed to enhance and expand the scope of cooperation in military fields. Both countries have underlined the need for promoting closer collaboration and enhanced interaction between the Armed Forces of the two countries. This was discussed at a meeting between Federal Minister for Defence, Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar, and the visiting Commander of Azerbaijan Navy, Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov, who called on him in Ministry of Defence on Tuesday.
The meeting exchanged views on a number of subjects including bilateral defence cooperation, Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts, the rehabilitation of flood victims and the security environment of the region.
The Minister briefed the Commander of Azerbaijan Navy about the sacrifices and gains made by the security forces of Pakistan against the war on terror. He said that the social and economic and infrastructure of Pakistan suffered a lot at the hands of terrorists and the recent devastating floods further increased the economic difficulties of the country. He said that the world community needed to understand Pakistan’s security and economic challenges and stand by it at this difficult time by assisting it in its efforts of economic development and the reconstruction and rehabilitation process in the wake of destructive floods. The meeting also discussed the security situation of the region with special reference to Afghanistan.
The Minister said that Pakistan wanted to see peace and stability in Afghanistan because a stable and peaceful Afghanistan was in the economic and security interest of the entire region. Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov informed the Minister that his country highly valued its ties with Pakistan and keen to expand and promote with it military and economic relations.
He also briefed the Minister about his meetings held with the Military leadership of Pakistan and termed them as highly fruitful, saying these meeting would help to boost the military cooperation between the two countries. He informed that the political leadership of Azerbaijan fully supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue. He also thanked Pakistan for offering scholarships and training courses to the military personnel of the Azerbaijan.-SANA