Georgian Defense Minister on Official Visit to Azerbaijan

Georgian delegation headed by Defense Minister Irakli Garibashvili is paying an official visit to neighboring Azerbaijan on March 5-6.

Yesterday Garibashvili met with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov. The two Defense Ministers pledged to deepen bilateral ties.

According to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, during the meeting in an expanded format, Minister Hasanov noted that strategic partnership between Georgia and Azerbaijan “is at a high level.” This, Hasanov told, not only benefits two neighboring countries but also contributes to the regional security.

The Azerbaijani Minister thanked Georgian people for supporting his country and recognizing its territorial integrity within the international organizations, and reiterated that Azerbaijan supports and recognizes the territorial integrity of Georgia.

On his part, Irakli Garibashvili stated that Georgia and Azerbaijan “enjoy years of stable and consistent defense cooperation.” “It is important that this year, Georgia will host trilateral defense ministerial with Azerbaijan and Turkey,” Garibashvili tweeted.

Earlier yesterday, Garibashvili held a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, where they discussed importance of stability in the region, strategic partnership between Georgia and Azerbaijan as well as jointly implemented projects.

Following the high-level meeting, Aliyev’s press office reported that the Azerbaijani and Georgian leaders hailed “bilateral relations” in various fields, including defense. They also emphasized the importance of energy projects carried out jointly by the two countries, as well as the “significance of the successful realization” of the Southern Gas Corridor. Minister Garibashvili put an emphasis on the good neighborly relations and trust-based strategic partnership between Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Earlier on February 27-28, Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Garibashvili paid an official visit to neighboring Armenia.

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