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Azerbaijan agreed to act as a transit country for the NATO cargo withdrawal from Afghanistan

2013-02-06 12:40

Until the end of 2014, ISAF troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan, and part of the cargo will be transported to Europe and other countries through the transit corridor provided by Azerbaijan. According to the, this was announced by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Araz Azimov.


"NATO member countries and partner countries are using these transit opportunities. However, ISAF troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, a part of cargo will be withdrawn trough transit corridor provided by Azerbaijan and delivered to Europe and other countries. At present this opportunity is being used. But large-size cargo withdrawal will start in the second half of 2013, because within a year - in 2014, all the troops are to be withdrawn in a prearranged manner. It is impossible to withdraw all cargo at once, because ISAF must remain in Afghanistan by end of this year and gradually hand over its mission to the local government. The government of Afghanistan has mobilized efforts to ensure its sovereign control in the country and to independently exercise control over security. This process is still underway and almost 90 percent has been implemented. We are cooperating with Afghanistan in all spheres and are ready to continue the cooperation", Azeri Deputy Foreign Minister stated.

Recall, previously it was reported that North Atlantic Treaty Organization was negotiating with Azerbaijan on the use of the country's territory for the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. 

According to the NATO Liaison Officer for the South Caucasus William Lahue, the cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO has successfully continued, including in the framework of IPAP, an agreement on the next stage of which was signed in 2011.


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