On February 11, the Minister of Defense, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, held an official meeting, APA reports citing the Defense Ministry.
Deputies of the Minister of Defense, Commanders of types of troops, and Chiefs of Main Departments, Departments, and Services of the Ministry participated in the meeting. The Commanders of the Army Corps and formations were also involved in the meeting via video teleconference.
First, the memory of victims who died as a result of the earthquake in fraternal Türkiye was honored with observing a minute of silence.
The Minister of Defense brought to attention the tasks of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, regarding providing comprehensive aid to the fraternal country.
Colonel General Z. Hasanov expressed his gratitude to the military personnel and their family members who actively participated in the collection of aid at the collection points organized by the relevant military units of the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry in order to support the victims of the earthquake in accordance with the instructions of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Highly appreciating the activities of the Azerbaijani military medical personnel in Turkish Kahramanmarash, the Minister emphasized that the Azerbaijan Army always stands by fraternal Türkiye.
Having delivered to the conference participants the tasks set by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief regarding the constant combat readiness of the Azerbaijan Army Units, Colonel General Z. Hasanov heard the reports on the results of checking the combat capability of the units.
The Minister highly appreciated the results of the inspections, and gave appropriate instructions to the relevant officials to organize combat training measures in conditions close to real combat.
During the meeting, the current operational conditions on the border, as well as in the Karabakh economic zone, where the Russian peacekeeping forces are temporarily stationed, were extensively analyzed. Colonel General Z. Hasanov gave specific instructions on taking preventive measures against possible threats.
Speaking about the “Winter Exercises - 2023” conducted in Kars, the Minister noted that the Defense Ministers of Azerbaijan and Türkiye have the same positions regarding the high professionalism of the military personnel participating in the exercises.
The meeting noted the importance of keeping the combat capability of the units deployed in areas with difficult terrain under harsh climate conditions at a high level, as well as the importance of following safety rules and taking necessary measures against fire during the performance of service-combat tasks. Specific tasks were given to increase vigilance during combat duty.
The Minister of Defense heard the reports on the activities of military educational institutions and gave appropriate instructions to the relevant persons regarding the work done in this field.
Colonel General Z. Hasanov gave relevant instructions regarding young soldiers, improving the social and living conditions of military personnel, as well as medical provision issues and engineering measures.