Turkey to give military support Azerbaijan, says minister

Turkey is ready to extend support to the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Turkey’s defense minister said in Baku yesterday.

Turkey’s defense minister lays flower to Turkish and Azeri martyr’s memorial in Baku during his visit yesterday. AA photo

Turkey’s defense minister lays flower to Turkish and Azeri martyr’s memorial in Baku during his visit yesterday. AA photo

“We are ready to support, cooperate and join in production with Azerbaijan Armed Forces,” Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz told journalists after visiting former Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev’s grave in Baku.

“A bilateral strategic cooperation agreement [between Turkey and Azerbaijan] has been signed. Turkish Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] and [Azerbaijani] President Ilham Aliyev have also decided on the establishment of a high advisory council,” Yılmaz said.

The council will be the basis for the relations between the two countries, Yılmaz said, adding that there were good and sound relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Yılmaz is currently visiting Baku for meetings with Azerbaijani Defense Minister Sefer Abiyev and was received by Aliyev upon arrival.

Turkish Ambassador to Baku Hulusi Kılıç and Turkey’s defense attaché in Azerbaijan, Brig. Gen. Yücel Karauz, were present at the meeting between Aliyev and Yılmaz yesterday.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
BAKU – Anatolia News Agency