The Defence Ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia are meeting in Tbilisi. This is the latest in a series of trilateral meetings and initiatives that aim to bring the three countries closer together.
Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia have traditionally had good relations with each other, but the construction of the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline, and other similar projects that followed have given the three countries a common agenda and made them joint stakeholders in the region's future security and stability.
photo: A meeting of the Defence Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia opened on 2 April 2015 in Tbilisi (picture courtesy of APA, Baku).
Georgian-Belarus relations improved after 2008, when unexpectedly Belarus did not follow Russia in recognising the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia despite Kremlin pressure.
First Vice-President Aliyeva noted that Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between the civilizations of the East and West, and is one of the few countries that are a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.