Azerbaijani minister to visit Belarus

Azerbaijani Emergency Situations Minister Kamaladdin Heydarov will visit Belarus on Nov. 23, the ministry told BelTA today.

An action plan for 2011-2013 will be approved during the visit to implement a cooperation agreement signed between the Azerbaijani and Belarusian emergency situations ministries in Minsk on Oct. 17, 2006. Heydarov will study the ministry's scientific developments, innovative approaches to learning, modern technologies, gear, equipment and combat clothing.

The ministry said earlier that the action plan involves not only the development of existing areas of cooperation, but also new projects. These projects include joint research on risk assessment for the population as a result of accidents at industrial facilities, as well as training, education and joint exercises.

Azerbaijani and Belarusian rescue teams have a rich and fruitful history of cooperation. More than 200 Azerbaijani cadets study at the Belarusian ministry's Command-Engineering Institute. Belarusian specialists also provided technical assistance for staff training when the Azerbaijani Emergency Academy was established.


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