Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Azerbaijan
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel visited Baku, Azerbaijan on 7 September 17. He met with the Chief of Defence of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces and First Deputy Defence Minister, General Najmeddin Sadikov.
After being welcomed with an official Honour Guard, General Pavel met with General Sadikov. The Generals discussed the benefits of NATO – Azerbaijan partnership, participation of Azerbaijan in NATO's operations, missions and activities as well as regional and European security.
The Chairman took the opportunity to thank General Sadikov for Azerbaijan’s contribution to NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan, by providing troops to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and by contributing to the Afghan National Army Trust Fund. General Pavel also highlighted the benefits of Azerbaijan providing personnel to NATO structures and utilising various interoperability instruments. “Azerbaijan is a great example of the benefits of partnership for both sides: On one hand, Azerbaijan is a reliable partner on whom we can count in our activities; on the other hand, Azerbaijan increases the interoperability and defence capabilities of its forces by working with NATO”, stressed General Pavel.
The Generals also exchanged views on the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO, which was recently signed. The Individual Partnership Action Plan is a document that NATO and Azerbaijan developed together. The plan sets out agreed objectives for cooperation, and agreed timelines to achieve them. Key areas are cooperation in the defence and security sector, civil emergency planning, scientific cooperation, and public diplomacy.