‘Three Brothers – 2021’: Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan’s first joint military drills begin tomorrow

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BAKU – The Pakistani, Azerbaijani and Turkish forces will hold joint military exercise for the first time, starting from September 12-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said Saturday.

The goal of the “Three Brothers – 2021” exercises aims at improving cooperation between their special forces and to sharing knowledge and experience, the ministry added.

Back in June this year, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in an interview with international media outlet had revealed that preparations for the major event are underway, adding that some groups of experts are already in Azerbaijan to inspect the landfills.

In July, the speakers of the parliaments of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan signed the Baku Declaration following the first of its kind trilateral meeting.

The Declaration will cover the expansion of cooperation between the parliaments of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan, further strengthening of political relations among the three countries and other areas.

Islamabad last year threw its support behind Baku, whose Nagorno-Karabakh region had remained under illegal occupation of former Soviet republics of Armenia for nearly three decades before it was liberated last November.

In September 2020, Armenian forces launched attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces, causing 44-day long conflict that ended in an agreement on November 10.

Last September, clashes erupted between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan when the Armenian army launched attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces and violated several humanitarian cease-fire agreements.

The two countries had signed a Russia-brokered deal to end fighting and work toward a comprehensive solution.

Read more: https://pakobserver.net/parliament-speakers-of-pakistan-azerbaijan-and-turkey-sign-baku-declaration/

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