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07 June 2010 [13:35] - Today.Az
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is visiting Baku, met with Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister, Colonel-General Safar Abiyev, spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Lieutenant-Colonel Eldar Sabiroglu said.

Following the solemn welcoming ceremony at the Defense Ministry, the state anthems of both countries were played.

Safar Abiyev noted the brief history of Azerbaijan-US military cooperation founded by Heydar Aliyev in 1997 and underlined that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the cooperation with the US.

Speaking about the joint contributions to the struggle against the international terrorism and to other security processes, Minister said the situation is complicated and tense in the South Caucasus because of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. He appreciated the role of the US as a co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group.

Safar Abiyev underlined that section 907 has negative influence on the US-Azerbaijan relations. Gates noted that President Barack Obama’s letter to President Ilham Aliyev, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s upcoming visit and his present visit to Baku are obvious examples of the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the United States. Gates emphasized that when he returns home he will tell President Obama how important the solution to Nagorno Karabakh conflict is for Azerbaijan. The US Defense Secretary mentioned a number of important issues and said he would make best efforts towards abolition of Section 907.

Then Safar Abiyev expressed hopes that Azerbaijan and the United States will establish real partnership relations and the Defense Secretary’s visit to Azerbaijan will make new contribution to the development of this partnership.


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