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Azerbaijan hosts trilateral defense ministers' meeting

Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia continue to work for 'stability, peace and tranquility' in region, says Turkey’s Akar

Sarp Ozer   | 12.06.2019
Azerbaijan hosts trilateral defense ministers' meeting QABALA, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 12 : Minister of Defence of Turkey, Hulusi Akar (L), Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, Zakir Hasanov (C) and Minister of Defence of Georgia, Levan Izoria (R) hold a press conference after signing a cooperation protocol following the 7th Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Trilateral Defence Ministers' Meeting in Qabala, Azerbaijan on June 12, 2019. ( Arif Akdoğan - Anadolu Agency )

GEBELE, Azerbaijan 

Azerbaijan on Wednesday hosted the 7th trilateral meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the northern city of Gebele.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the meeting, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the defense ministers of three "friendly, brotherly and allied countries" will evaluate the needs of their countries and region in terms of security and defense.

"We continue to work for stability, peace and tranquility, which will be extremely beneficial for both our countries and the region," Akar said.

The defense minister said Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia get strength from the common historical and cultural unity.

He underlined that relations between the three countries, which are "founded on an unshakable foundation", have reached the dimension of strategic partnership.

The meeting was closed to the media following the opening speeches.

Earlier, Akar also met separately with Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria.

On Tuesday, he attended a joint military drill launched by Turkish and Azerbaijani land forces dubbed as “Indestructible Brotherhood - 2019”.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

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