Azerbaijan and Pakistan share cordial and warm relations: Ali Alizada

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Islamabad: Azerbaijan ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Ali Alizada stated that Azerbaijan highly values its cordial and warm relations with Pakistan which are based on mutual trust and respect. Azerbaijan envoy said that that it was one of the significant days in the history of Azerbaijan as the country was celebrating centennial of its Armed Forces. He stressed that despite Azerbaijan Armed Forces faced a lot of challenges yet by the support of the people of Azerbaijan, its leadership Supreme Commander in Chief and the Azerbaijan Armed Forces reached a lot of achievements and became the strongest army in Caucus and one of the strongest in the region.

Mr Ali Alizada expressed these views while addressing to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day of Azerbaijan here at local hotel in Islamabad, hosted by Azerbaijan embassy in Islamabad. Defence Attache of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Colonel Mehman Novruzov along with embassy staff welcomed the guests from Diplomatic Corps, diplomats, defence attaches and notable personalities representing government, armed forces, media personalities and civil society of Pakistan. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was the chief guest of the reception.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan in his address said under the leadership of President Heydar Aliyev Azerbaijan has  made tremendous progress in all walks of life. He said Pakistan and Azerbaijan share long history of friendly relations and similarity of views on a number of international issues. Chief of the Air Staff congratulated the Azerbaijan government, the Ambassador, Defence Attache, their team and people of the country on the historic occasion and viewed Azerbaijan’s army achieved tremendous progress.

Air Marshal hoped under Ilham Aliyev, the current President of the country the relations between the two countries would scale new heights. “Friendship with Azerbaijan is time-tested and the country extended all-out support to Pakistan at the time of crises be it earthquake of 2005 or floods in 2010 and 2011,” said the Chief Guest. He said Pakistan and Azerbaijan shared convergence of opinion on Nagorno-Karabakh and Kashmir conflicts. He also congratulated Ambassador Ali Alizada as the day also marked his birthday and wished him a long happy, healthy life.

Col Mehman Novruzov, Defence Attache of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, briefed the audience about the  background of the landmark achievements of Azerbaijan’s armed forces saying the national leader of the country, Heydar Aliiyev achieved admission of Azerbaijani youth to the Baku Army and Naval Academies, as well as other military academies in the former USSR on preferential terms. So, 20 years before gaining independence of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev provided high-level military training basis for the nation. After independence was regained, these military education institutions were indeed main basis for the formation of Azerbaijan Armed Forces.

Defence Attache of Azerbaijan said before disintegration of Soviet Union, in 1988, Azerbaijan once again became victim of Armenian state terrorism.

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