Azerbaijan, based on the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) principles, is conducting political dialogue and practical cooperation on participation in peace support operations, fighting the emerging security threats and a wide range of issues mainly focusing on security and defense reforms, Foreign Ministry’s press service said commenting on the NATO secretary general’s remarks about Azerbaijan, ONA reports.
The Ministry said Azerbaijan has been contributing to NATO operations in Afghanistan since 2003.
“Currently, a 120 people staff of Azerbaijan, which includes 6 officers and 2 military doctors, is serving in the alliance’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan,” added the Ministry.
“Azerbaijan also supports NATO’s peacebuilding efforts in Afghanistan through the air and land transit, various training, de-mining and financial contributions to the Afghan National Army Trust Fund,” noted the Foreign Ministry.
The Ministry noted that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, inaugurated on October 30, 2017, opens up wide opportunities for multimodal transportations to Afghanistan.
“The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, as the main section of the Lapis Lazuli transportation corridor, is significantly contributing to the uninterrupted and secure transportations from the NATO states to Afghanistan. The Alat international seaport will additionally expand opportunities in this sphere. In the long term, the transit through the Azerbaijani territory is of great importance in the context of supporting NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, as well as the sustainable development of Afghanistan,” the Foreign Ministry said.