Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Azerbaijan Defence Minister is Visiting Vilnius

Minister of National Defence Rasa Jukneviciene met Azerbaijan Defence Minister Colonel General Safar Abiyev who visited Lithuania on the official visit.

The meeting was focused on bilateral cooperation in the field of defence, issues of regional security and participation in multinational operations. Lithuanian and Azerbaijan defence ministers have renewed Defence Cooperation arrangement which was signed in 2002.

During his visit in Lithuania Azerbaijan Defence Minister visited General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, where he met Azerbaijan officers studying in the academy, the minister also visited Vilnius Energy Security Centre.

Azerbaijan Defence Minister Colonel General S. Abiyev visited Lithuania for the third time; his first visits were in 2002 and 2004. Lithuanian National Defence ministers visited Baku in 2003 and 2007. Lithuanian National Defence Minister Rasa Jukneviciene met Colonel General S. Abiyev at the NATO summit in Istanbul in 2010.

Cooperation between Lithuania and Azerbaijan in the military field on bilateral basis mainly includes military training; close cooperation also includes development of NATO and EU relations with Eastern partners in the field of security and defence. Representatives from Azerbaijan and other countries of South Caucasus are welcomed to attend officer courses in Lithuanian Military Academy, courses for military medics. Lithuania also supports Azerbaijani officers studying in NATO Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia. Military experts of both countries share their experience in the field of standardization, public relations, participation in multinational operations and so on. Lithuania invites Azerbaijan officers to observe exercises taking place in Lithuania. Lithuanian defence attaché is accredited in Azerbaijan, he is based in Georgia.

September 18, the meeting of Azerbaijan Defence Minister and Chairman of the Lithuanian Seimas Irena Degutien? and Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius is planned to be held.

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