Azerbaijani leader receives Turkish defense officials

Ilham Aliyev presents Karabakh Order to Selcuk Bayraktar, top official of Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar
Azerbaijani leader receives Turkish defense officials

Azerbaijan's president received officials from top Turkish defense firms on Thursday, state-run news agency Azertac reported.

President Ilham Aliyev met with Selcuk Bayraktar, the chief technology officer of drone manufacturer Baykar, and Haluk Gorgun, the CEO of defense giant Aselsan, in the capital Baku.

Bayraktar congratulated Aliyev on the country's victory in the second Karabakh war, also known as Patriotic war, and commemorated the martyrs.

During the 44-day conflict, which ended in a truce on Nov. 10, 2020, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and nearly 300 settlements and villages in Karabakh from a nearly three-decade Armenian occupation.

The truce is seen as a victory for Azerbaijan and a defeat for Armenia, whose armed forces have been withdrawing in line with the agreement.

During the meeting, Aliyev praised the support by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish nation during the war.

He recalled that Erdogan congratulated Azerbaijan on their victory at the Summit of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-Speaking States held on Wednesday.

Highlighting the achievements of Turkish defense industry, Aliyev underlined the role of Turkish drones in equipping the Azerbaijani side destroying Armenian army's equipment during the war.

Aliyev also presented the Karabakh Order to Bayraktar "for contributions to strengthening brotherly relations, developing cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, and to the just cause of ensuring the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan."

Bayraktar, on his part, thanked the Azerbaijani leader, adding that: "It is really a great honor and pride for me."

The TB2 drones, which entered the Turkish army's inventory in 2014, are currently used by Turkey, Ukraine, Qatar, and Azerbaijan.