Azerbaijani, Turkish Georgian defense ministers hold trilateral meeting - UPDATED

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31 March 2018

Azerbaijani Minister of Defense, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, Turkish Minister of National Defense Nurettin Canikli and Georgian Minister of Defense Levan Izoria held a trilateral meeting in the Turkish city of Giresun on March 31, the Defense Ministry told APA.


During the meeting, the minister discussed issues on the prospects for the development of military cooperation, the processes taking place in the world and the region, the activities carried out in the sphere of ensuring peace, stability and economic development in the region and other issues of mutual interest.


They stressed that friendly ties between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia are developing and the relations that have risen to the level of strategic partnership reflect the will of the peoples of the three countries.


The sides noted that these ties, based on mutual trust, play an important role in establishing peace and stability, including continued development in the region, as well as ensuring the well-being of the peoples of the three countries.


Speaking at the meeting, Minister Hasanov brought to the attention of his colleagues that this year March 31 is commemorated in Azerbaijan as the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Genocide of Azerbaijanis.  


Hasanov noted that during the period from March 30 to April 3, 1918, more than ten thousand Azerbaijanis were killed and missing in Baku and other surrounding areas as a result of pogrom and riots by Armenian armed bands.


Turkish National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli expressed his condolences to the Azerbaijani people over the genocide.