The military personnel was awarded during Distinguished Visitors Day held on December 6 as part of the Azerbaijani-Turkish joint exercises, the Ministry of Defense told APA.
The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, and the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Türkiye, Mr. Hulusi Akar, awarded a group of Azerbaijani and Turkish servicemen who distinguished themselves in the exercises.
Then the Defense Ministers of both fraternal countries delivered speeches to the military personnel.
Mr. H. Akar expressed satisfaction with the participation, along with the Chief of the General Staff and other commanders of types of troops, in the Distinguished Visitors Day held as part of the exercises. The Minister of National Defense of Türkiye noted that in a time of increasing threats and dangers around the world, it is possible to ensure the security of our countries and the nation only by having a strong army. Joint exercises are also important for the mutual exchange of experience and increasing the level of professionalism.
Emphasizing that Türkiye always stands by Azerbaijan, and is ready to unite in a single fist against any threats and provocations, Hulusi Akar noted that "our friend's friend is our friend" and "our friend's enemy is our enemy".
Delivering a speech, Colonel General Z. Hasanov expressed satisfaction to see Turkish servicemen in Azerbaijan. The Defense Minister stressed that all types of troops fulfilled their duties at a high level during the exercises. The Azerbaijan Defense Minister said, “Following the 44-day war, under the instruction of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, reforms are being carried out to bring the Azerbaijan Army in line with the model of the Turkish Armed Forces. We are fortunate because the Turkish Armed Forces are one of the world's leading armies. As one nation, two states, we are effectively using this chance. The Turkish-Azerbaijani brotherhood is eternal. Long live the Turkish-Azerbaijani brotherhood!”