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Safar Abiyev
Səfər Əbiyev
Safar Abiyev in 2006.jpg
Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan
Assumed office
February 6, 1995
President Ilham Aliyev
Preceded by Mammadrafi Mammadov

In office
June 17, 1993 (acting) – 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 January 27, 1950(1950-01-27) (age 70)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Religion Islam
Military service
Service/branch Coat of arms of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces Azerbaijani Armed Forces
Rank Colonel General

Colonel General Safar Akhundbala oglu Abiyev (Azerbaijani language: Səfər Axundbala oğlu Əbiyev; born January 27, 1950, Baku) is the last Defense Minister of Azerbaijan, considered as one of the longest serving defense minister 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 has been awarded with Shohrat Order on January 26, 2010.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "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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