"Last year we have celebrated 25th of Anniversary of the "Partnership of Peace" program that Azerbaijan joined in 1994. Since then the cooperation with NATO played an important role in security reform and defense reform in Azerbaijan,” Hikmet Hajiyev, Assistant to the President - Head of the Department for Foreign Policy Affairs of Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration said in an interview with euractiv.com website, APA reports.
According to him, currently, Azerbaijan is considered as a reliable and committed partner by NATO.
“I am proud to say that today Azerbaijani soldiers shoulder-to-shoulder to NATO ally and partner countries are serving in Afghanistan against terrorism and trying to provide and to bring peace and security to this country. Azerbaijan also plays an important role as a transit and logistic hub for the transportations of life-saving goods for the NATO ally partner countries. Also, we see that there is further potential to develop political consultation and dialogue and within the visit to Brussels we had "29+1" format NATO plus Azerbaijan format of discussion on general political regional issues including the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Garabagh conflict that I had a good chance to brief with NATO colleagues and friends from the partner and ally countries," Hikmet Hajiyev stated.