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Azerbaijan to take part in formation new NATO mission in Afghanistan2012-12-06 13:14
In Brussels, as part of the meeting of foreign ministers of countries supporting International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF), it was decided to establish a new NATO mission to replace the ISAF operation after 2014, the ABC.az reported. According to the Foreign Ministry, the main activities of the new mission will be training, advice and assistance.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Azerbaijan, remaining a reliable and loyal NATO partner, and taking into account the importance of the country's contribution to the ISAF operation, was adopted as a potential partner in the new mission, and will participate in the process of its planning.
At this stage, in addition to Azerbaijan, 7 other countries are the potential partners of the mission: Australia, Georgia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden and Montenegro.
"That is our goal. The Afghan people are well aware that Azerbaijan remains committed to goals not only in this, but also in bilateral format, and we will do our best to achieve them", the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan concluded.
According to the 1news.az, recently, Azerbaijan together with Turkey and Georgia made a statement in NATO about the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov said: "We believe that the construction railway, as well as new ports of Azerbaijan will have a strategic significance after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. These projects will revive the historic Silk Way, which is a symbol of development and prosperity of the region".