Dec 18 2017

Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey looking for trilateral defence agreement

A transnational military-industrial complex between Pakistan, Azerbaijan may be shaping up faster than expected, Pakistan’s liberal newspaper Pakistan Today said.

“Each country is a key player in their own region. Hence, trilateral cooperation in regional security and economic cooperation were on the top agenda during the ministerial meeting.” Fuad Shahbazov, expert advisor at the Foreign Policy Analysis Department Centre for Strategic Studies under the Presidency of Azerbaijan, told Pakistan Today,

The three countries held their first talks in Baku on Nov. 30 with the aim of creating a trilateral format of defence cooperation which could become crucial given the strategic location of each country.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had already encouraged Pakistan to make use of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, which was built on the basis of the Azerbaijani-Georgian-Turkish interstate agreement, Pakistan Today said.

Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said the new structure would help all three countries in producing defence materials.

“We can establish joint ventures for the production of defence products and develop cooperation in this sphere in a trilateral format,” he said.