Azerbaijani Defense Minister receives U.S. congressmen

Baku: Mubariz Aslanov; Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has today received Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce and a delegation of congressmen accompanying him.

The Defense Ministry told APA that the minister underlined the successful continuation of Azerbaijan-US military cooperation within various programs and the contribution of Azerbaijani peacekeeping forces to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan.

The Defense Minister informed the guests about the military and political situation in the region, the occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories by Armenia, the current problems of refugees and internally displaced people and failure of the steps taken by international organizations towards the settlement of the conflict.

The congressmen praised the successful cooperation between the two countries on Afghanistan and in various areas, including energy security, counterterrorism.

They also exchanged views on regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest. U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar also attended the meeting.