Azerbaijani military take part in exercises in Turkey [PHOTO]


January 21, 2022 10:21 (UTC+04:00)

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By Vugar Khalilov

A group of Azerbaijani servicemen attended parachuting courses in Kayseri in Turkey, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense reported on its Twitter account.

The 113th Quarter Basic Static Parachute Course was held at the First Commando Brigade Command in Kayseri with the participation of guest military personnel from Azerbaijan, the report added.

Azerbaijan and Turkey periodically hold joint exercises to improve interaction and communication between their military units.

Military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey first emerged in 1992, with an agreement signed between the Azerbaijani and Turkish governments on military education and weapons equipment and agreements to help strengthen ties between the two nations.

On June 15, the two countries signed a memorandum of alliance which cemented the existing military, political and economic cooperation.

The Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations that President Ilham Aliyev and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed during the first official visit to Shusha eight months after Azerbaijan’s victory in the war against Armenia, also highlights the focus on defense cooperation.

It affirms the joint efforts of the two armies in the face of foreign threats. The declaration also promises joint efforts for the restructuring and modernization of the armed forces.

In addition, the two nations claim to encourage the realization of joint projects with the aim of developing capabilities in the maritime, air and space fields.

In an interview with Turkey’s Anadolu Agency on September 27, 2021, President Ilham Aliyev said the signing of the Shusha Declaration has taken bilateral relations to an even higher level.

Earlier, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported that the military will take part in more than 30 international exercises and competitions in the 2022 academic year.

Servicemen will join the Eternity – 2022, EFES – 2022, Indestructible Brotherhood – 2022, Winter Training – 2022, International Army Games – 2022 and other international training and competitions, which will have a positive effect on improving their skills professionals, the ministry said.

Additionally, the military is also expected to attend various international seminars and conferences in 2022.

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