Kazakh defense minister arrives in Baku

By: Aynur Jafarova

Kazakh Defense Minister Serik Akhmetov arrived in Azerbaijan for an official visit on April 21,AzerTag state news agency reported.

During the visit, the newly appointed Kazakh minister will meet his Azerbaijani counterpart Zakir Hasanov, and also visit the Military Academy of the Armed Forces and Azerbaijan High Military School after Heydar Aliyev.

This is Akhmetov’s first foreign visit in his new position.

Azerbaijanis and Kazakhs are both Turkic-speaking nations and share close historical, religious, and cultural ties. Both are the littoral states of the Caspian Sea and possess a common maritime border.

About 130,000 ethnic Azerbaijanis live in Kazakhstan.

A solid legal basis has been established between the two countries. Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have signed more than 90 documents, including 20 documents in the economic field, particularly in double taxation. These documents positively affect the development of trade relations between the two countries.