Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov met with a delegation led by Minister of Defense of the Republic of Italy Guido Crosetto, Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.
First, a solemn welcoming ceremony was held, and the defense ministers of both countries passed along the guard of honor. The national anthems of Azerbaijan and Italy were performed as well.
Crosetto signed the "Book of Honor" in accordance with the protocol.
Hasanov welcomed the guests, informing the delegation about the military-political situation in the region following the second Karabakh war.
It was emphasized that Azerbaijan-Italy cooperation on military education, as well as within NATO, continues rapidly. Hasanov noted that this visit is the beginning of a new development stage in the Azerbaijan-Italy military cooperation.
Crosetto, in turn, thanked for the hospitality and highlighted the importance of developing military cooperation between the two countries.
The minister emphasized the significance of mutual visits in the development of relations between the countries based on strategic partnership.
During the meeting, the further expansion of cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Italy in military, military-technical, and military-educational spheres, as well as other issues of mutual interest were discussed.
In the end, the defense ministers of both countries signed a protocol of intent on training and education cooperation.