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Pakistan offers Azerbaijan, Turkey to create joint mily-industrial complex
Baku to buy training aircraft from Islamabad, Pakistan asked to join Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad
December 01, 2017

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BAKU - Pakistan , Azerbaijan and Turkey can establish a joint military-industrial complex, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Thursday.

The foreign minister made the remarks at a joint press conference with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Baku.

In his turn, Mammadyarov said that Azerbaijan , Pakistan and Turkey closely cooperate in the defence industry in a bilateral format and stressed the need for a tripartite format of cooperation in that sphere. "We can establish joint ventures for the production of defence products and develop cooperation in this sphere in a trilateral format," Mammadyarov added.

Meanwhile, Cavusoglu stressed that the sides have the potential to strengthen cooperation in defence industry. "We do not compete with each other in this sphere, but complement each other," Cavusoglu said.

Mammadyarov also announced that Azerbaijan will soon sign an agreement with Pakistan on the acquisition of training aircraft.

“The occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands necessitates the development of the defence sphere,” Mammadyarov said at the joint press conference following the first trilateral meeting with his Turkish and Pakistani counterparts.

Mammadyarov said Pakistan can use the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad to transport various goods. Mammadyarov said the corresponding agreement was reached during the tripartite meeting.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was built on the basis of the Azerbaijani-Georgian-Turkish interstate agreement. The maximum volume of cargo transportation along the BTC corridor is projected at the level of 17 million tons per year. At the initial stage, this indicator will be at the level of 6.5 million tons of cargo. Also up to one million passengers will be transported.

“This first trilateral meeting is another milestone in our relations. We agreed to increase the trade turnover. We support each other in international organisations and also intend to intensify cooperation in the defence sphere,” noted the Azerbaijani minister.

Cavusoglu, for his part, noted that the next meeting of the three countries’ ministers will be held in Pakistan in 2018. He also confirmed the need for deepening cooperation in the defence sphere.

“We intend to bring the trilateral relations of Azerbaijan , Pakistan and Turkey to a higher level,” said the Turkish foreign minister.

Khawaja Asif, for his part, noted that Azerbaijan , Pakistan and Turkey have great potential for increasing the trade turnover.

Asif said the three countries share a common stance on the issues of Kashmir, Nagorno-Karabakh and Northern Cyprus. "We decided that Pakistan , Azerbaijan and Turkey make more extensive use of the trilateral format,” said the foreign minister.

He noted that this meeting focused on the discussion of cooperation in the defence sphere and increasing trade turnover between the three countries. "Our cooperation in this area can develop in the trilateral format. There is no direct airline between Azerbaijan and Pakistan . With this restoration, relationships will grow stronger,” added Asif.

Cavusoglu said Azerbaijan , Pakistan and Turkey are strategic partners. “The first trilateral meeting of the Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani foreign ministers resulted in intensive consultations,” he said.

The Baku Declaration adopted following the trilateral meeting will play a role of roadmap for future cooperation, stressed Mammadyarov.

Mammadyarov went on to say: “Our cooperation in the defence sphere is highly intensive. Transport relations are one of the topics of discussion. At the meeting, we emphasised the importance of restoring air transport on bilateral and trilateral basis. This creates great opportunities for tourism in the region.”

Meanwhile, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Thursday received a Pakistani delegation led by Khawaja Asif.
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Any recent update on the subject?
sorry for the late reply.
but yeah there have been some progress we recently bought 30 t 129 from turkey details aren't clear yet but hopefully they will come with tot and work share in future sales to other countries
 

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PanARMENIAN.Net - In 2019, Azerbaijan and Pakistan may sign an agreement on purchasing Pakistani JF-17 fighter-bombers. The announcement was made by the representative of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), as reported by Haqqin.az.

'The configuration of JF-17 Block 3, Azerbaijan is interested in, is now ready. The radar of AESA system is selected for the bombers and it will soon be tasted. The contract on the purchase may be signed in 2019,' said the representative of the producing company.

The representative also noted that the mass production of the JF-17 Block 3 will start in late 2019 or early 2020. According to the PAC representative, all the technical issues that can affect the sale to Azerbaijan are already successfully solved.

'By the end of 2018, it is planned to present the bombers to Azerbaijan as well as to other countries which also placed an order. Meanwhile Azerbaijan still needs to solve the issue of financing the deal”, reported the representative.

In his message it was also stated that by the end of 2018 Pakistan will pass the 10 Super Mwushshak planes for training which were ordered by official Baku.


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sorry for the late reply.
but yeah there have been some progress we recently bought 30 t 129 from turkey details aren't clear yet but hopefully they will come with tot and work share in future sales to other countries
The Longbow would have been a great option.
 

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US is not trustworthy ...The already ordered ones zulu cobra are yet to arrived and rumors that order will not be completed..
I wont really put that way, the US dose take into consideration its interest but it has prove being trustworthy to its allies.
 

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I wont really put that way, the US dose take into consideration its interest but it has prove being trustworthy to its allies.
Yes, US only preserve its own interest...Further don't know about others but they are not trustworthy to Paksitan be it 71, Afghanistan issue, post soviet era, sanction against Paksitan, F16 and recently putting on terror list just to blackmail Pakistan to pursue US interest and act like slave.
This Zulu deal is also in danger that is why Pakistan moving to Turkish and other options..I think we have enough with US
 

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Some more details on co-operation in broader terms.

Multilayered cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan gains momentum


By Aynur Abbassoy

Azerbaijan and Pakistan have developed harmonious and mutually beneficial cooperation in multiple domains and chosen to act together against common political and security threats. The relations between the two countries proved itself important also amidst the Covid-19 pandemic which posed socio-economic challenges to most affected countries. Azerbaijan offered $1 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan to fight the pandemic and relieve socio-economic pain it caused. The move was highly appreciated by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan expressed in a letter to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (President.az, May 28, 2020). The two countries have also set a regular communication line for sharing experience in dealing with the pandemic, along with providing necessary medical equipment to each other. Apart from that, they are also seeking to develop a joint strategy to combat the COVID-19 threat together with other member states in the framework of the Non-Alignment Movement Contact Group.

The two countries have been developing close cooperation in many spheres, including political, economic, military, as well as people to people contact since the beginning of Azerbaijan’s post-Soviet independence. Most significantly, both sides use every single opportunity to support each other’s stance on the issues of critical importance, for example, the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and Pakistan dispute with India over the Kashmir region.

Recently, Pakistan has condemned Armenian parliamentary and presidential elections that illegally held in the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh (Azertac, April 9, 2020). Notably, Pakistan has no diplomatic relations with Armenia and has declared that it will remain unchanged, unless Armenia ends the occupation of Azerbaijani territories. Azerbaijan, for its part, is actively engaging in the works of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, coupled with its efforts to bring the issue to attention at other international forums.

Particularly these days, Pakistan needs support more than ever, as India’s control in Kashmir is on the rise, following the abolition of its special status. Against this backdrop, border tensions between India and Pakistan are escalating, even though the two nations are in the grip of the pandemic. Not surprisingly, last month, President Ilham Aliyev reiterated Azerbaijan’s support for Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir in a phone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart (The Nation, May 9, 2020).

In terms of defense cooperation, the two countries have heavily relied on military-educational transfers in the past years. However, since 2018 there has been an initiative to extend military-security cooperation to the level of strategic partnership. Baku’s growing interest in the Pakistan army industry reveals its intention of building closer military-technical cooperation. For now, the two sides are holding discussions of purchasing Pakistan-China joint venture JF-17 Thunder fighter jet, as well as conducting joint military exercises in future. In these days, the importance of the above-mentioned strategic relations has upgraded, due to the emerging rapprochement between Armenia and India, which materialized with a fresh deal valued $40 million on purchasing SWATHI radar systems.

The oil-led economic boom of Azerbaijan has provided many opportunities for productive economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan. Responding to Islamabad’s challenges with energy shortages in the country, Baku offered an open oil credit facility of $100 million in 2018 (The Express Tribune, October 12, 2018). Considering Pakistan’s challenges with the debt burden, the open-end agreement is of high importance as it will alleviate financial pressure.

Therefore, Pakistan as an oil-importing country welcomes investment from Azerbaijan. Indeed, according to a statement by Pakistan’s Minister for Power Division, the energy sector has the potential of over $100 billion investment (The Nation, February 24, 2020) In the meantime, Azerbaijan, as a potential investor, shows a genuine interest particularly in the Pakistan LNG market. In this regard, it offered LNG supply on a long-term basis to Pakistan alongside signaling the possibility of investing in LNG infrastructure during the visit by Azerbaijani delegation of businessmen last year (The News, October 9, 2019).

Moreover, throughout the years, Azerbaijan managed to strengthen its strategic position as an energy supplier and transporter, as well as the guarantor of energy security in the region. The designation of Azerbaijan as having economic potential and being a reliable partner also hints more space for Azerbaijan-Pakistan economic cooperation. It’s important to mention that the two countries share a similar vision for generating economic development also through cooperation in regional connectivity projects.

These developments have boded well for the bilateral trade turnover between the two countries which doubled over the last two years. Despite the fact the two are not on their respective top 10 trading partner lists, they are keen to boost trade volume as indicated in the recently signed agreements. To that end, both sides regularly host business forums to expand trade dialogue with a focus on pharmaceutics, tourism, and energy fields.

The people to people contacts between Pakistan and Azerbaijan are growing as well, as exemplified in the increasing tourist flows between the two countries. The governments of the two are working on a number of initiatives to further bolster these ties. For example, it has been recently announced that they are planning to start direct flights between Baku and Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore in the near future (Azernews, October 10, 2019).

In general, Pakistan and Azerbaijan are determined to strengthen mutual ties and cooperation in various spheres backed by strong cultural and historical bonds. The recent developments in the region and beyond demonstrate that these relations have a high potential, and the two countries are eager to build on this. Mutual support to their respective political standing in the international arena, on the other side, new economic configurations will present more avenues for cooperation in line with their mutual interests.



Aynur Abbassoy, an intern at the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center), specially for News.Az
 
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