|Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan|
February 6, 1995 – October 28, 2013
|Preceded by||Mammadrafi Mammadov|
|Succeeded by||Zakir Hasanov|
June 17, 1993 – 20 August 1993
|Preceded by||Dadash Rzayev|
|Succeeded by||Vahid Musayev (Acting)|
|Chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces|
June 17, 1993 – November 2, 1993
|Preceded by||Nuraddin Sadigov|
|Succeeded by||Najmaddin Sadigov|
January 27, 1950 |
|Service/branch||Azerbaijani Armed Forces|
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.
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. 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. 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.
- "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.
- Azerbaijan's Unsinkable General
- "V. A. Musayev haqqında AZƏRBAYCAN RESPUBLİKASI PREZİDENTİNİN SƏRƏNCAMI" [Decree of the President of Azerbaijan on V.A. Musayev]. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- (Russian) Labyrinth data base
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