Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan to sign defence deal in Batumi

The memorandum between the regional partners was announced at the international Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul. Photo: Georgia's defence ministry press office., 11 May 2017 - 15:44, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia will sign a defence deal with Turkey and Azerbaijan within a ministerial event to be hosted in Batumi later this month, following a meeting of Georgian and Turkish defence ministers at a large-scale industry fair in Istanbul earlier today.

The agreement was revealed by the Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria earlier today, during his two-day visit to the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul, Turkey.

Izoria spoke to reporters at the fair following his meeting with Turkish counterpart Fikri Isik, noting the memorandum on cooperation would be aimed at advancing regional cooperation in the field.

Officials from Georgian and Turkish defence ministries met in Istanbul to discuss cooperation. Photo: Georgia's Defence Ministry press office.

We had a very productive meeting with the Minister of Defence of Turkey. We plan to host a ministerial in Batumi in ten days’ time, with the Minister of Azerbaijan also expected to attend. At the event we will review the format of out trilateral cooperation”, said Georgia’s defence minister.

Georgia’s defence ministry said Izoria had thanked his counterpart at the meeting for "strong political support” and "practical assistance”.

The meeting also involved discussion on "close cooperation” between the two countries in military education.

In addition, Izoria also invited Isik to this year’s edition of Georgia’s annual defence and security conference, to be held in October.

Georgia's defence minister Levan Izoria (R) photographed attending the IDEF'17 fair in Istanbul. Photo: Georgia's Defence Ministry press office.

Led by the defence minister, the Georgian delegation to the fair also met Isik’s deputy Suay Alpay and Acting Chief of General Staff of Turkey’s armed forces General Salih Zeki Colak.

This year’s fair marks the 13th edition of the defence industry expo promoted as the largest Eurasian event of its kind.

The Istanbul fair launched on May 9 and will conclude on Friday.