Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia have discussed a new agreement in military sphere. The issue of approval of the Memorandum of understanding in the defense sphere between the three countries has been discussed at today's meeting of the Committee on International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations of the Parliament of Azerbaijan.
The strengthening of military ties between these countries is very important, Chairman of the Committee Samad Seyidov said.
"This is very important for each of the countries of the region, and at the same time it is a message to the world community," the chairman of the committee added.
Seyidov noted that the relations between these countries are developing at a high level not only in the economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, but also in the military sphere. "Having a strong army, Azerbaijan has support of Turkey and Georgia. This is extremely important and significant for our country", he said.
The Memorandum of understanding in the military sphere between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia was recommended for discussion at the plenary session of the Azerbaijani Parliament.
Currently, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia try to actively cooperate in the military sphere. The three countries developed a trilateral format in 2014, which involves meetings at the level of defense ministers. At the meeting in Gabala in May 2016, the ministers decided to hold trilateral military exercises.
The Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia cooperation is highly important because together the three countries can more successfully resist external threats. Additionally, many international projects, mainly energy and transport ones, are connected with the region – it is literally a crossroad of international corridors. In such conditions, it is crucial to ensure protection of the region.
Moreover, the Armenia-launched Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Armenian terrorism towards Azerbaijan threatens stability and security in the region. In general, peoples of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia live in a sensitive region, where threats of undesirable actions exist. Therefore, the situation must be always kept under control.
Another issue of protection is the fact that all three countries have considerably developed their tourism industries. The states are being visited by millions of tourists every year, and their safety, as well as the safety of local population, should be protected at the highest level. With all these reasons, the decision of cooperation between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia is very important as it protects the region from dangers and facilitates its further development.