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Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan vow to boost cooperation

Ministers of three countries say they will continue to cooperate in defence to contribute to peace in the region.

Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan vow to boost cooperation

TBILISI, Georgia

Defense Ministers from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia have repeated their desire to boost cooperation in a bid to enhance peace, welfare and stability in the region.

The ministers' remarks came during a press conference following their meeting at the Tblisi Marriot Hotel in the Georgian capital of Tblisi.

Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said: "Efforts will continue to sign a memorandum of understanding in a move to continue the cooperation between Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan in defense."

Georgia's Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze said the cooperation of the three countries would continue with high-level activities, adding: "This (military) cooperation only aims to provide peace in the region."

'No threat'

The ministers earlier discussed enhancing cooperation in defense and security, and international as well as regional issues. 

Yilmaz, praised the meeting and said they had agreed it would continue to be a key instrument to boost peace, welfare and stability in South Caucasia.

Janelidze said the cooperation posed no threat to anyone, and its purpose was none other than maintaining the peace and security of the region's people.

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov said they had traded messages to each other over strengthening their armed forces and discussed economic and politic relations as well as security.

"We also discussed joint training issues in defense," added Hasanov.

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