By Vugar Khalilov
Azerbaijani Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of the General Staff
Col-Gen Karim Valiyev, and Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force
Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu have discussed bolstering military
cooperation, Azernews reports per the ministry.
Valiyev welcomed the Pakistani guests and expressed his
satisfaction with the degree of historic and brotherly ties between
the two nations. The chief of the General Staff emphasized the need
for further upgrading the cooperation between Azerbaijan and
Pakistan in security, defense, military, military-technical, and
military-educational domains, as well as boosting mutual visits at
the level of experts.
In response, the commander of the Pakistani Air Force emphasized
the importance of such meetings and increasing mutual contacts in
improving bilateral relations.
The conference also covered joint drills and other topics of
In the same vein, Azerbaijani Deputy Defense Minister, Air Force
commander Lt-Gen Ramiz Tahirov and his Pakistani counterpart Air
Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu discussed cooperation issues
on June 29, Azernews reports per the ministry.
Tahirov welcomed the Pakistani delegation, emphasizing the
expansion of cooperation between the two nations in the sphere of
military aviation that has made a significant contribution to
further enhancing the combat capacity of both forces.
In reply, Sidhu remarked that educating Azerbaijani military
pilots at the Pakistan Air Force Academy, as well as training his
country's air force helicopter crews in Azerbaijani aviation
training centers, are clear illustrations of the two nations'
effective military aviation cooperation.
The parties addressed the issues of mutual interests and shared
perspectives on the potential for the growth of cooperation between
the Azerbaijani and Pakistani air forces.
Earlier that day, Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Col-Gen Zakir
Hasanov also discussed a variety of cooperation issues with the
senior Pakistani military official.
During the 44-day war with Armenia in 2020, Pakistan was among
the first countries to voice political support for Azerbaijan.
Pakistan also supports Azerbaijan in the restoration of the
country's liberated territories.
In September 2021, the Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani
special forces conducted joint international drills in Baku,
codenamed 'Three Brothers - 2021'.
Under the drills plan, the special forces units carried out
practical shootings using small arms and grenade launchers, the
Furthermore, the parliaments of Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Pakistan
signed the Baku Declaration on cooperation. The document was signed
following the trilateral meeting held by speakers of the three
countries' parliaments on July 27, 2021.
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