On January 15, the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has met with the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Bilal Hayee.

Minister of Defense congratulated the Ambassador on the beginning of diplomatic activity in our country and wished him success in expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

The Minister of Defense, noting that military cooperation between the two countries is developing and in other areas, expressed confidence in its further continuation.

At the meeting, the sides, noting that military relations are in both countries’ interests, considered it essential to intensify efforts in this area. During the discussions, an exchange of views was held on conducting joint military exercises with various types of troops, including Special Forces of Azerbaijan Army, Pakistani and Turkish Armed Forces, organization of mutual visits of service members to exchange experience, as well as several other issues.

The Minister of Defense thanked the people and state of Pakistan for the humanitarian aid provided to our country and for the constant support for Azerbaijan’s just cause at the international level.

In turn, the diplomat congratulated the Azerbaijani people on the victory in the Patriotic War, wished the mercy of Allah Almighty to the souls of all servicemen and civilians who died as Shahid and healing to the wounded.

B. Hayee noted that despite our countries’ long distant location from a geographical point of view, friendly relations have historically been formed between our peoples. The Pakistani Ambassador stressing that ties in various spheres were developed and sufficiently strengthened noted the great potential for military cooperation between them.

The Ambassador noted that Pakistani specialists are ready to take part in mines’ clearance in the liberated territories and unexploded ordnance.