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Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan, colonel general Safar Abiyev met with charge-d’affaires ad interim of Bulgaria in Azerbaijan Ivan Palchev and military attaché Nikolay Stoitzev.

The Minister congratulated the diplomat on this appointment and wished him every success towards development Azerbaijan-Bulgaria relations.

Mr. Safar Abiyev said that the foundation of Azerbaijan-Bulgaria relations had been laid by President Heydar Aliyev while visiting Sofia in 1995. The ties between the defense ministries were developed during mutual visits in 2002 and 2003.

The Minister updated the guests on the accomplishments gained by Azerbaijan for the passed decade and stressed that Azerbaijan is firmly pursuing the policy of integration into West. However, occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia causes tension in the Southern Caucasus region.

He pointed out to development of Azerbaijani economy, normal work of the oil pipelines Baku-Novorossiysk and Baku-Supsa and said that after realizing the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan MEP and gas oil pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum the statehood would be firmer.

Pro tempore, Ivan Palchev thanked for warm welcome and stressed that Bulgarian and Azerbaijani peoples are alike and it is time now to transit from words to deeds in tackling Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. He said that during its presidency Bulgaria would do its best to progress this issue.

According to him, 14 agreements have been signed for ten years of diplomatic relations between the countries. This year Bulgaria will join NATO at the Istanbul Summit.

Mr. Abiyev pinpointed double standards applied by the world community, which encourages Armenia not to comply with 4 UN resolutions. This situation makes Azerbaijan resort to military way of solving the conflict.

Then, Ivan Palchev presented to Safar Abiyev a letter of the Defense Minister of Bulgaria Nikolay Svinarov on invitation to pay an official visit to Bulgaria.

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