Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation working group, signaling growing defense ties between the two wary neighbors.
On October 24 and 25 Baku hosted the first meeting of the Azerbaijani and Iranian Joint Working Group on Military Cooperation, led by Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and Iranian Deputy Minister of Defense Hojatollah Ghoreishi.
This working group was established back in 2015, on a visit by Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehgan to Baku. Since then military-to-military contacts have increased, with visits to Tehran by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev in March, and then Hasanov in April. Azerbaijani naval vessels also made their first-ever visit to Iran earlier in October.
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