On April 26, the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, received a delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Latvia, Artis Pabriks, who is on an official visit to our country.

This was reported to APA by the Interior Ministry.

The delegation first visited the graves of national leader Heydar Aliyev and prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva in the Alley of Honors, and laid wreaths and flowers at the Alley of Martyrs.

Then an official welcoming ceremony was held at the Defense Ministry.

After the Latvian Defense Minister passed the guard of honor, the national anthems of both countries were played.

A.Pabriks signed the "Book of Honor".

Welcoming the guests, Colonel-General Hasanov said he was pleased to see them in our country and briefed them on the work done in the liberated territories after the victory in the Great Patriotic War under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev.

The Defense Minister stressed that military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Latvia is carried out both on various NATO programs and on a bilateral basis, and these relations are constantly developing.

Expressing gratitude for the warm reception, Mr. Pabriks said that relations between the two countries are based on friendly relations, and that Latvia is an important partner of Azerbaijan in European security organizations, especially within NATO.

The Deputy Prime Minister also noted that Latvian experts are ready to participate in the process of clearing the liberated areas of mines and unexploded ordnance.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the expansion of military relations between Azerbaijan and Latvia, exchanged views on the military-political situation in the region, security issues, as well as prospects for cooperation.

At the end, the "Agreement on Defense Cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia" was signed.