Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises; this agreement was reached at a meeting of defense ministers of the three countries in Nahchivan. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of the defense department of Azerbaijan Zakir Hasanov.
The minister said that the objective of the exercise is to increase the military efficiency of the armed forces.
During of Nakhchivan meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia - Zakir Hasanov, Ismet Yilmaz and Iraklii Alasania also agreed to hold meetings in this format twice a year, the organization of joint seminars and conferences, creating of trilateral format in military education and cooperation in the military technical sphere, said Hasanov.
The minister said that it is planned to organize meetings of experts to explore promising areas of cooperation.
The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia have also discussed the military-political situation in the region, had an exchange of views on issues of security and restore stability in the region.
The parties also noted the effectiveness of development cooperation in this format.
Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania tomorrow will travel to Azerbaijan. During the visit will be held a trilateral meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
According to the statement of Alasaniya, this meeting was preparing for a long time with the initiative of the Georgian side last year. As the head of the Defense Ministry of Georgia noted, it will be the first formal meeting of the three ministers.
According to him, the meeting and the subsequent clearance of the agreement will be focused on the planning of actions by three countries aimed to the protection of the communications infrastructure, in particular, oil and gas pipelines and railways in a critical situation, in case if there is a military escalation. As emphasized Alasaniya, it is not a step against anyone. "On the contrary such agreements provide additional support for regional stability", - concluded Alasania.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 52% of the vote, won the presidential race in Turkey after counting 98% of the ballots, according to preliminary results of the election committee.
Officially, the winner will be announced after consideration of all appeals.
At the moment, after counting 98% of ballots Tayyip Erdogan gaining 20.7 million votes (52%). Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, voted for the 15.4 million voters (38.5%). Selahattin Demirtas scored 3.9 million votes (9.7%).
Ankara and Istanbul give majority of votes to Erdogan (53% and 50%, respectively). Second and third place in both metropolitan areas are divided between Ihsanoglu (43.5% and 41.16) and Demirtas (3.5% and 9.1%). Erdogan won more than 50% of the vote in the 51 provinces. Ihsanoglu and Demirtas achieved such a result in 11 provinces and 9, respectively.
In the whole country for the present prime minister voted in 58 provinces from 81. Single candidate from several opposition parties Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu received the support of 13 provinces, located on the shores of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in the province of Eskisehir. Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtaş has traditionally supported the Kurdish population in the south-east of the country (10 provinces).
In Turkey, was finished the first-ever direct presidential elections. From 1923 to the present head of the Turkish Republic is elected by Parliament. The attendance was 72.9%. Total voted 40.7 million of the 52.9 million voters.
There are three candidates for the presidency – present Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Selahattin Demirtas. To win, a candidate must obtain an absolute majority (50% plus one vote). Otherwise, on August 24 could be held the second round.
The President of Georgia met the Georgian sailors, led by an official Georgian delegation, who arrived in Turkey from Kenya after being rescued from the captivity of Somalian pirates. The Prime Minister of Turkey met the sailors along with the President of Georgia.