Safar Abiyev

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Safar Abiyev
Səfər Əbiyev
Safar Abiyev in 2006.jpg
Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan
In office
February 6, 1995 – October 28, 2013
President Ilham Aliyev
Preceded by Mammadrafi Mammadov
Succeeded by Zakir Hasanov
In office
June 17, 1993 – 20 August 1993
Preceded by Dadash Rzayev
Succeeded by Vahid Musayev (Acting)
Chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces
In office
June 17, 1993[1] – November 2, 1993
President Abulfaz Elchibey
Preceded by Nuraddin Sadigov
Succeeded by Najmaddin Sadigov
Personal details
Born (1950-01-27) January 27, 1950 (age 67)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Military service
Service/branch Coat of arms of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.png Azerbaijani Armed Forces
Rank Colonel General

Colonel General Safar Akhundbala oglu Abiyev (Azerbaijani: Səfər Axundbala oğlu Əbiyev; born January 27, 1950) was the Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan from 1995 to 2013. He was considered one of the longest serving defense ministers in the Commonwealth of Independent States.[2]


General Safar Abiyev was born in Baku. He graduated in 1971 from Baku's Higher Military College, and in 1982 from the Command Faculty of the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow, and has spent his entire professional life in the armed forces. Abiyev was appointed Chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces and acting Minister of Defense when Minister Dadash Rzayev was relieved of his duties on June 17, 1993.[1] He worked as acting Minister until August 1993 when Deputy Minister Vahid Musayev was assigned to lead the ministry but was soon sacked by Heydar Aliyev on August 25, 1993.[3] Abiyev continued to serve as the Chief of General Staff until November 2, 1993 when the post was taken by Najmaddin Sadigov. Abiyev was reinstated as Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan on February 6, 1995, effectively replacing Mammadrafi Mammadov.


Abiyev was awarded with the Shohrat Order on January 26, 2010.

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  1. ^ a b "D. Q. Rzayev və S. A. Əbiyev haqqında AZƏRBAYCAN RESPUBLİKASI PREZİDENTİNİN FƏRMANI" [Order of President of Azerbaijan on D.Q. Rzayev and S.A. Abiyev]. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  2. ^ Azerbaijan's Unsinkable General
  3. ^ "V. A. Musayev haqqında AZƏRBAYCAN RESPUBLİKASI PREZİDENTİNİN SƏRƏNCAMI" [Decree of the President of Azerbaijan on V.A. Musayev]. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 

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