Turkey's interior minister visits Azerbaijan

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala makes his first official visit to the country after taking office, which he says "will further contribute to the relations between "one nation, two countries", referring to third and late Azeri President Heydar Aliyev's remarks.

Turkey's interior minister visits Azerbaijan

World Bulletin / News Desk

The development of Turkey and Azerbaijan is an example to other countries in the region, helping boost their self-confidence, Turkey's Interior Minister, Efkan Ala said Monday on his first official visit to the country after taking office.

Ala met with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, and the two exchanged opinions on further developing the co-operation between the two countries including fight against terrorism, and regional security, before meeting with his Azeri counterpart Ramil Usubov.

Ala expressed his happiness with the development and stability in Azerbaijan, and thanked the Azeri administration and people for their sensitivity about the recent mining disaster in western Turkey, which claimed 301 lives.

Usubov said that Azerbaijan went through a very difficult period after gaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but the threat of a civil war was eliminated during the presidency of Heydar Aliyev, who established stability in the country.

Usubov also thanked Turkey for always being by Azerbaijan's side, noting in particular the support of Turkish police and military during the post-independence period.

Ala is scheduled to meet with the ministers of Emergencies and National Security later in the day, and the justice minister on Tuesday.

Turkish minister thanks Azerbaijan for mine disaster help

Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala on Monday also thanked Azerbaijan for offering assistance after the Soma mine disaster where 301 miners lost their lives.

“When any disaster happens in Turkey or in Azerbaijan, we do our part to help," Ala said during his visit to Azerbaijan where he met with President Ilham Aliyev. "It is in our benefit to share our mutual experiences.”

On May 13, an explosion in a mine in Soma, in the western part of Turkey, claimed 301 lives, making it the deadliest mining incident in Turkey’s history.

The Azerbaijani government expressed its condolences to the Turkish people following the tragedy.

Last Mod: 26 Mayıs 2014, 17:39
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