Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az Azerbaijan confirms 47 more COVID-19 cases Society Sun, 04 Dec 2022 17:59:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has confirmed 47 new coronavirus cases, 36 recoveries, and no death case over the past 24 hours.Up until now, 824,499 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 814,247 of them have recovered, and 9,983 people have died. Currently, 269 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 1,849 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 7,382,375 tests have been conducted so far.A total of 268 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on December 4, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.The first dose of the vaccine was injected into 89 citizens, the second dose – 36 citizens, while the third dose and the next doses were received by 124 citizens. As many as 19 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.Totally, up until now, 13 924 089 vaccine doses were administered, 5 393 329 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4 874 481 people – the second dose, 3 392 224 people – the third dose and the next doses.Besides, 264 055 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19. Azerbaijani FM leaves for working visit to Russia Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 17:45:00 +0400 On December 4, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov left for a working visit to the Russian Federation, Trend reports citing the press service of MFA.During the visit, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and take part in bilateral events. Azerbaijani Defense Ministry presents review of events of last week Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 16:48:00 +0400 The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense presented a review of the events of last week, Trend reports on December 4. Azerbaijani, Russian FMs to meet in Moscow Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 16:30:00 +0400 By Trend On December 5, Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, is leaving for Russia on a working visit, Trend reports referring to the media statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.According to the ministry, a meeting between Bayramov and Sergey Lavrov, Russia's FM, is scheduled during the visit."It is planned to discuss the current situation and prospects of bilateral cooperation, as well as to exchange views on the most relevant aspects of the regional and international agenda, including the issues of normalization of Azerbaijani-Armenian relations," the statement said.The ministry added that they are considering the upcoming visit of the Azerbaijani FM within the context of continuing the trust-based Russian-Azerbaijani political dialogue and boosting mutually beneficial cooperation further.--- National activist from South Azerbaijan visits Khudafarin bridge Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 16:12:00 +0400 By TrendOn December 4, the national activist from South Azerbaijan, Head of "Gunaz TV" television channel Ahmad Obali visited Khudafarin bridge, a unique historical monument, Trend's Karabakh Bureau reports.Ahmad Obali was informed about Jabrayil city, which was liberated as a result of the efforts of the Azerbaijani Army under the leadership of Supreme Commander-in-Chief President Ilham Aliyev during the 44-day Second Karabakh War. He was told about the Khudafarin bridge and the atrocities and crimes committed by Armenian armed forces in Azerbaijan's ancient lands.Khudaferin bridges are unique monuments of Azerbaijani architecture due to their connection with historical events of world significance, beautiful landscapes, high architectural and engineering solutions, and other features. Historically, one of the bridges located on the Silk Road has 15 spans, and the other has 11 spans. The bridges, which are relics of the XII-XIII centuries, testify to the development of craftsmanship in Azerbaijan in the Middle Ages.These lands, as well as other liberated areas, were ruined, houses were looted, and nature was destroyed during the years of occupation. Many historical and religious monuments were insulted by Armenians, mosques were used as stables for animals. The graves were also destroyed. Now, life in Eastern Zangazur is restored after the liberation, and Azerbaijan is implementing important projects here. Azerbaijani conductor to join Minsk Int'l Christmas Opera Forum Arts & Entertainment Sun, 04 Dec 2022 14:55:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani conductor will join the 12th Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum, Azernews reports. The forum will take place in Belarus on December 13-18.Within the forum, Moscow's Helikon-Opera Musical Theater will present Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot on December 14.The theater will perform under the baton of Honoured Artist Ayyub Guliyev, musical director of the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater.Turandot is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, posthumously completed by Franco Alfano in 1926, and set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni.The opera's best-known aria is Nessun dorma (Let no one sleep), which became globally popular in the 1990s following Luciano Pavarotti's performance of it for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.Ayyub Guliyev is the winner of several competitions, including the International Conducting Competition after B. Lyutoslavckiy in Belostok in 2006 and the International Conducting Competition after D. Mitropoulos in Athens in 2008, and many others.The Honored Artist of Azerbaijan successfully collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (United Kingdom), Hamburg Klassik (Germany), Radio France, Lamoure, Elios (France) orchestras, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Consilium (Austria), Toscanini Philharmonic (Italy), Kolors Symphony Orchestra (Greece), Sichuan and Kunmin Philharmonic Orchestras (China), Danube Orchestra (Hungary), Russian National Orchestra (RNO), Russian Philharmonic Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatia), Lithuanian National Orchestra, etc.In 2018, Ayyub Guliyev was appointed as the chief conductor and music director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. He is also an associate professor at the Baku Music Academy.In 2021, Ayyub Guliyev signed a contract with music agencies in Serbia, Slovakia, and Germany.Several projects have been already implemented as part of this cooperation.The composer also signed a contract with the Dutch company TACT.The company is the global leader in personal artist management of established international artists. Preparations for joint Azerbaijani-Turkiye University in the pipeline Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 14:27:00 +0400 By Fatima HasanovaThe construction of a joint Azerbaijan-Turkiye University is currently underway, Azernews reports via the Azerbaijani Education and Science Ministry.After a visit by Council of Higher Education President Erol Ozvar to Azerbaijan in December 2021, on March 15-17, 2022, a delegation led by Azerbaijani Education Minister Emin Amrullayev visited Turkiye at the invitation of the chairman of the Higher Education Council.During the visit, discussions were held on the rights and obligations of the parties in the establishment of the Azerbaijan-Turkiye University.As of now, Turkiye has 204 universities and 51 in Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan and Turkiye collaborate in a variety of economic sectors and have completed major energy and infrastructure projects, such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, and TANAP.In 2021, Azerbaijan and Turkiye signed the Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations, which focuses on defense cooperation, promoting regional stability, and prosperity through establishing new transport routes.The two countries set up a goal of bringing the mutual trade turnover to $15 billion in 2023. As of 2021, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $4.6 billion. So far, Turkiye is Azerbaijan’s second-largest investor followed by the UK.Additionally, Turkiye was one of the first countries keen on involvement in the restoration of Azerbaijan’s liberated territories. Academician talks on importance of Azerbaijani language in Iran Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 13:54:00 +0400 By Sabina MammadliFor centuries, the language of communication in Iran was not Persian, but Azerbaijani-Turkic, President of Azerbaijani National Sciences Academy (ANAS) Isa Habibbayli wrote in an article, Azernews reports."Even now in big cities, the representatives of various nationalities use the Azerbaijani language to communicate with each other. However, as rightly observed by President Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijani language was deliberately reduced to the "spoken language" level - it is not taught in Iranian schools," he said.According to the article, the Azerbaijani language, which is the native language of Azerbaijanis residing in Southern Azerbaijan, was subjected to the influence of a large number of Arabic-Persian words, which were alien to the Azerbaijani language grammar and structure, resulting in significant changes in its colloquial features and writing style.He added that all these factors have put the Azerbaijani language in Iran in jeopardy."In accordance with this, it is necessary to teach the Azerbaijani language on a constant basis in secondary and higher schools in Iran," he stressed.Further, the academician noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran, which opens schools, newspapers, radio channels, and churches for a small number of Armenians, should also recognize the right of millions of Azerbaijanis to study in their native language."Depriving more than 35 million Azerbaijanis living in Iran of the right to study in their native language is completely contrary to human rights and humanity in general and is unacceptable. Azerbaijanis' rights in Iran have to be restored," Habibbayli finalized.To recap, speaking at the international conference under the motto “Along the Middle Corridor: Geopolitics, Security and Economy” at ADA University, President Ilham Aliyev also highlighted this problem.“We have 340 schools in Azerbaijan where lessons are conducted in the Russian language. We have 10 Georgian schools in Azerbaijan. In Georgia, there are 116 Azerbaijani schools although there is something like 200,000-300,000 Azerbaijanis in Georgia. There are Armenian schools in Iran. But there are no Azerbaijani schools in Iran. How can that happen?” the president questioned.He underscored that this issue is a part of a society that has the same ethnic origin, speaks the same language, and has the same values as Azerbaijan.“How can we be indifferent to that? Why can’t they learn their language at school? They are losing the language, you know. The problem is that. Why we are raising it is that the Azerbaijani language which is spoken in Iran is losing its literary component. It has become a language people speak at home. This issue must be addressed. And I am raising this issue also because this is a concern for us. I hope that the pro-Armenian actions of the Iranian government will not damage the very fragile peace, and I think, there will be more understanding of the necessity to take into account the feelings of the Azerbaijanis and our interests,” President Aliyev emphasized. Customs seizes goods with Armenian inscriptions from Iran to Azerbaijan Society Sun, 04 Dec 2022 13:29:00 +0400 By Sabina MammadliThe Silk Way customs post of the Baku Main Customs Department has confiscated Armenia-made undeclared for customs check construction materials, Azernews reports per the State Customs Committee.Armenia-made goods that smugglers tried to smuggle in also included food and alcohol, according to the information. The list of goods included 24,820 containers for silicone products used in construction and 1,050 empty cartons for packaging silicone containers.The goods with Armenian inscriptions were reportedly sent by an Iranian company to an Azerbaijani man.The matter is being investigated by the State Customs Committee and the State Security Service. Baku Crystal Hall to host Best Model of Azerbaijan 2022 finaL Arts & Entertainment Sun, 04 Dec 2022 13:00:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaA news conference has been held ahead of The Best Model of Azerbaijan 2022, Azernews reports.The conference brought together the members of the organizing committee and project participants.Speaking about the event, national director of The Best Model of Azerbaijan 2022 Elxan Pashayev stressed that the project's main goal is to enable models to build a career and successfully represent the country on international catwalks.The Best Model of Azerbaijan 2022 will take place at Baku Crystal Hall on December 4. Only 14 male and female models will qualify for the final after the preliminary selection.The best models will have a chance to represent Azerbaijan at the 35th Best Model in Istanbul. Over 40 countries will join the 35th Best Model on December 19.Since 1955, The Best Model of the World has been held under the leadership of the president of the competition, Erkan Ozerman (Turkiye).In Azerbaijan, this world contest was held twice (2002 and 2007) under the leadership of Aygun Kazimova and Ruhi Aliyeva. Many years later, The Best Model of Azerbaijan returned to Baku, which is a major event in the modeling business."Azerbaijan and Turkiye are fraternal countries and nations, and we support each other. I decided to support the talented Elxan Pashayev and I am sure that the national final of The Best Model of Azerbaijan 2022 in such a grand Baku Crystal Hall will be held at the highest level," said Erkan Ozerman.The jury of the contest includes 30 cultural figures and fashion experts, business circles, and project partners. Spectators, who purchased tickets at Ticket, can also choose the winners.The finalists will appear in sports, national and evening costumes. They will be awarded in various categories. Moreover, a 60-meter catwalk has been created in Baku Crystal Hall, especially for The Best Model of Azerbaijan 2022The evening will also feature the collections Bayraktar and Karabakh by designers Leyla Ahmadova and Kubra Nuriyeva respectively. Pop singer Samir Bagirov will please the guests of the event with his hits.In 2023, The Best Model of the World final will be held in Azerbaijan, gathering models from over 50 countries.Azerbaijani models were twice recognized as the best at the competition.Rustam Jabrayilov was named The Best Model of the World in 2007, while Aydan Yashidag won the title in 2021.Media partners of the event are Azernews.Az, Trend.Az, Day.Az and Milli.Az. Great honor to become member of tech cmte of European Gymnastics - AGF rep Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2022 12:50:00 +0400 By Trendt is a great honor for me to become a Member of the Gymnastics for All Technical Committee of the European Gymnastics, representative of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Ruslan Eyvazov told Trend.Ruslan Eyvazov was elected as a Member of the Gymnastics for All Technical Committee of the European Gymnastics during the 29th Congress of the European Gymnastics, which was held in Portuguese Albufeira on December 2-3."I would like to congratulate Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Farid Gayibov on his re-election as President of European Gymnastics. A total of 3 representatives of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation have been elected to the European Gymnastics Authorities. It is a great honor for me, and I would like to dedicate this victory to the 20th anniversary of the transformation of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation," said Eyvazov.According to him, the Azerbaijani representatives have been participating in competitions in the "Gymnastics for All" discipline since 2015."Currently, 19 regions of our country have sections on this type of gymnastics. On September 9 of this year, the first festival in the "Gymnastics for all" discipline was held in Azerbaijan, where 23 teams from Baku and other regions of the country participated," he added.During the congress of the European Gymnastics, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports was re-elected as President of the European Gymnastics.Among the other representatives of Azerbaijan, Yevgeniya Vilyayeva was elected as Member of the European Gymnastics Technical Committee in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Ruslan Eyvazov as a Member of the Gymnastics for All Technical Committee of the European Gymnastics, and Inara Israfilbayova as a Member of the European Gymnastics Technical Committee in TeamGym. Discussions held in Khojaly with Russia’s peacekeepers on illegal exploitation of minerals Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 12:19:00 +0400 By TrendEmployees of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Property Service under the Ministry of Economy and AzerGold CJSC traveled to the territory of Azerbaijan, where the Russian peacekeeping forces are temporarily deployed, and continued negotiations with the command of the peacekeepers at the headquarters of the peacekeeping forces in Khojaly, Trend reports referring to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.During the discussions, serious concerns and dissatisfaction were again expressed in connection with the illegal exploitation of minerals in the framework of illegal economic activities carried out in the territories of Azerbaijan, where Russian peacekeeping forces are temporarily deployed. In this regard, the importance of monitoring, inventory of property and environmental studies at the fields where illegal mining is carried out was emphasized.On December 3, around 18:00, employees of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Property Service under the Ministry of Economy and AzerGold CJSC returned to the city of Shusha.As a result of the discussions held at the headquarters of the peacekeeping forces in Khojaly, the preparation of a road map has begun with the participation of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other relevant institutions for carrying out work on the territory in these areas. Azerbaijan's Caucasus Ventures talks priority directions Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 11:58:00 +0400 By TrendThe funds of the newly established Caucasus Ventures are going to be directed toward the development of start-up projects in fields such as financial technology, medicine, education, "cloud technology", artificial intelligence, and so on, Director of Causcaus Ventures Mamed Kerim told Trend on Sunday.According to him, in the next five years, it is planned to invest in the innovation ecosystem not only in Azerbaijan but also in other regions."More than 60 percent of the fund's budget is going to be directed to the support of Azerbaijani projects, while the rest - to the regions of East Europe and Central Asia," he said.Moreover, according to the director of the fund, it is expected to establish one or two similar funds in the next two years.The budget of the venture fund is 11.3 million manat ($6.6 million). Azerbaijan’s Innovation Agency and PASHA Holding allocated 5 million manat ($2.9 million), and individual entrepreneurs - 1.3 million manat ($760,000) to the fund's budget. Iran’s provocative actions, alliance with Armenia destabilize South Caucasus - political magazine Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 11:33:00 +0400 By TrendIran actively intervenes in the relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, stirring the pot by “throwing political and military support behind Yerevan”, Foreign Policy magazine said in an article, Trend reports.The author of the article recalls that Iran has opened its diplomatic mission in Armenia just recently, and, furthermore, has held military exercises close to the border with Azerbaijan. The magazine quotes Iranian Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour said that “the drills were designed to send a message of “peace and friendship” to countries in the region while demonstrating their ability to “respond decisively to any threat”.Without staying aside, the US commented upon these actions. Mainly, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington has been “very clear that Iran represents a threat to the region” and will continue “ultimately to stand against the kind of destabilizing influence that Iran presents in its region and perhaps beyond.”The author pointed out that Armenia is an unlikely partner for Iran, however, after September clashes on the border with Azerbaijan, “Yerevan is looking for support wherever it can find it”.“Despite Yerevan’s membership in the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) military bloc, Russia has so far refused Armenia’s calls to intervene. Iran, meanwhile, seems more than eager to fill the power vacuum and open another front against Azerbaijan,” as well as Turkey, which is an ally of Azerbaijan, and which “Iran has long mistrusted and seen as a potential rival in the region,” the article said. Azerbaijani MFA sends note of protest to Iran Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 11:13:00 +0400 By TrendHead of the Press Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Aykhan Hajizada, answers the questions of local media representatives, Trend reports.Question: In recent days, news has spread that outside the border crossing points established by law 14 citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran have entered the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, where the Russian peacekeeping contingent is temporarily stationed. We would like to know your opinion concerning this issue.Answer: Any foreign visit to the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan must be carried out in accordance with rules established within the national legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.Regarding the news about the illegal crossing of the citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran to our territories, a corresponding note verbal was sent to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Republic of Azerbaijan in order to clarify the information.Currently, we are waiting for a response from the other side. Azerbaijani Army positions in Kalbajar direction subjected to fire from Armenian troops - MoD Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 10:45:00 +0400 By TrendOn December 4, at about 03:50 (GMT+4), units of the Armenian armed forces from positions located in the direction of the village of Yukhary Shorja of Basarkechar district, opened fire on the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the direction of the village of Zeylik of Kalbajar district, Trend reports citing the press service of Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.The Azerbaijan Army Units stationed in the mentioned direction took adequate retaliatory measures. Positions of Azerbaijani army come under fire - MoD Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 10:27:00 +0400 By TrendOn December 3, at about 16:30, members of an illegal Armenian armed detachment in the territory of Azerbaijan, where the Russian peacekeepers are temporarily deployed, using small arms subjected to fire the Azerbaijan Army positions stationed in the direction of the Khojavand region, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense.The Azerbaijan Army Units stationed in this direction took adequate retaliatory measures. Russian peacekeepers: We respect Azerbaijani toponyms Politics Sun, 04 Dec 2022 09:59:00 +0400 By Sabina MammadliCommander of the Russian peacekeeping forces, temporarily stationed in Azerbaijan, Major General Andrei Volkov said that the peacekeepers respect Azerbaijani toponyms, Azernews reports."We write all toponyms with the names sent to us by the Azerbaijani side. But, unfortunately, these names do not adhere to the website of the Ministry of Defense of Russia. But, as I have already said, we, the peacemakers, indicate all toponyms correctly. You can check," he added.Similarly, in a statement, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry noted that the list and map of Azerbaijan's toponyms have been presented to the the Russian side.“It is regrettable that despite our repeated appeals, Azerbaijani territories are still designated by fictitious Armenian toponyms in the official information of the peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation.The list and map of settlements in the Karabakh economic region of the Republic of Azerbaijan with Azerbaijani toponyms were officially provided by Azerbaijan to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the former and current command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent temporarily stationed on the territory of Azerbaijan, as well as the Joint Turkish-Russian Monitoring Center," the statement stressed.Further, the ministry once again called on the command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent temporarily deployed on the territory of Azerbaijan to indicate in the relevant information the names of Azerbaijani settlements with the correct toponyms in accordance with the official documents and maps sent by the country."We emphasize once again that in the official information of the peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation dated 03.12.2022, published on the official website of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the territory designated as the "territory of Nagorno-Karabakh" is the Karabakh economic region, and the official names of the Azerbaijani settlements referred to as "Mardakert" and "Martuni" - AGDERE and KHOJAVEND, respectively," the ministry said in a statement. Azerbaijani parliamentarians condemn French resolution Politics Sat, 03 Dec 2022 17:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliFrance has demonstrated duplicity through its resolution adopted by its National Assembly on November 30, Chairman of the Defense, Security, and Counter-Corruption Committee of the Milli Majlis Ziyafat Asgarov said.He made the remarks at the December 2 parliamentary session of the Azerbaijani parliament."The French National Assembly, like the Senate, adopted the same resolution. They are `concerned' about the `fate of Armenians'. Then why were they indifferent to the fate of about a million Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced people? Why does France prevent peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia?" he questioned.Further, other speakers of the parliament mentioned the fact that France's biased attempts spread chauvinistic ideas at the international level and inspire separatist and revanchist forces.According to them, France's adoption of this absurd resolution is a violation of international law and seriously hinders efforts to build peace and stability in the region. Azerbaijani Parliament to establish new interparliamentary groups Politics Sat, 03 Dec 2022 17:21:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliA total of 12 interparliamentary working groups of the Azerbaijani parliament have been established, Azernews reports.This proposal was reflected in the amendments to the resolution of the parliament ‘On the election of heads of working groups for inter-parliamentary relations of the parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan’, the discussion of which has been included in the agenda of the parliamentary plenary session.The relevant bill proposed to appoint Aydin Huseynov as the head of the Azerbaijan-Bangladesh group, Elshan Musayev - Azerbaijan-Burundi group, Rashad Mahmudov - Azerbaijan-Ethiopia group, Afat Hasanova - Azerbaijan-Honduras group, Sabir Rustamkhanli - Azerbaijan-Cameroon group, Kamaladdin Gafarov - Azerbaijan-Guatemala group, Rafael Huseynov as the head of Azerbaijan-Lebanese group, Ramil Hasan - Azerbaijan-Nepal group, Emin Hajiyev - Azerbaijan-Nigeria group, Parvin Karimzade - Azerbaijan-Panama group, Javid Osmanov - Azerbaijan-Sudan group, and Elman Nasirov - Azerbaijan-Zimbabwe group.The proposal was put to the vote and adopted. Azerbaijan holds various meetings within 18th annual meeting of INSME to discuss co-op Business Sat, 03 Dec 2022 14:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s Small and Medium Development Agency Board Chairman Orkhan Mammadov has held meetings with various officials, within the framework of the 18th annual meeting of the International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises (INSME) to discuss cooperation.Orkhan Mammadov held a meeting with Bulgarian SMEs Promotion Agency Director-General Boyko Takov.During the meeting, the parties discussed issues arising from the memorandum of understanding signed during the annual meeting of INSME, as well as opportunities to expand cooperation between Azerbaijani and Bulgarian small and medium enterprises.Moreover, the meetings were held with INSME President Sergio Arzeni, former Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme, and Belgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Michel Peetermans.The sides exchanged views on opportunities for cooperation in small and medium-sized businesses.Further, Orkhan Mammadov held meetings with the World Business Angels Investment Forum Chairman Baybars Altuntas and the Oman Youth Project Development Fund (Sharakah) General Director Ali Mugaibal.They discussed future cooperation and joint projects in the field of SMEs. South Korea beat Portugal to squeeze into next round at World Cup [VIDEO] World news Sat, 03 Dec 2022 13:10:00 +0400 By TrendSouth Korea scored a last-gasp goal to beat already-qualified Portugal 2-1 at the World Cup in a comeback win that sent the Asian side into the last 16 ahead of Uruguay on goals scored, Trend reports citing Reuters.With the clock ticking down on South Korea's time in the tournament, striker Son Heung-min ran free after a Portugal corner in added time and slipped a pass to Hwang Hee-chan who fired past Diogo Costa to spark wild celebrations.After the whistle blew, the anxious Korean players gathered in a circle awaiting the end of the Uruguay-Ghana game and exploded with joy when the news arrived that the South Americans had only won 2-0 in their Group H clash.South Korea had to beat Portugal at the Education City Stadium to stand a chance of going through to the last 16 and their win catapulted them from fourth to second place by virtue of having scored four goals in the tournament to Uruguay's two.Portugal finished top despite the loss and should avoid facing likely Group G winners Brazil in the knockout stage. Chief of Pakistan's Naval Staff visits military institute and military unit in Azerbaijan Politics Sat, 03 Dec 2022 11:59:00 +0400 By TrendThe visit of Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi to Azerbaijan continues Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.On December 2, a delegation led by Admiral Niazi visited the Military Institute named after Heydar Aliyev.The guests were briefed on the military educational institution’s establishment history, main activities, and educational process.The chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy signed the military institute’s Distinguished Visitors’ Book.Then the guests got acquainted with the educational process at the naval faculty of the Military Institute named after Heydar Aliyev and the conditions created for the military personnel.In addition, the delegation visited one of the military units of the Naval Forces.Flowers were laid at the monument erected in the military unit's territory in memory of fallen servicemen, and tribute was paid to their memory.The guests were informed about the activities of the military unit, the process of training military personnel, and service conditions.After viewing the military unit, the guests inspected weapons and technical means available in the armament of marines.In the end, demonstrative performances of divers of underwater offense and underwater defense units were demonstrated at the training ground in the territory of the military unit. Azerbaijani FM meets with Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs Politics Sat, 03 Dec 2022 11:37:00 +0400 By TrendMinister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov met with State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Shunsuke Takei within the 29th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Poland's Lodz, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend.The sides emphasized that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Azerbaijan-Japan diplomatic relations, and despite the geographical distance, the countries managed to establish cooperation based on mutual respect and trust.The ministers outlined the importance of political consultations and mutual visits and addressed prospects for expanding collaboration in the political, economic, humanitarian, and other fields. In particular, they explored ways of cooperation to increase the renewable energy potential, investing large investors in the Alat Free Economic Zone, and encouraging Japanese companies in creative activities on Azerbaijan's liberated lands.Bayramov updated his colleague on the current regional situation, the normalization process between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and the practical steps taken by Azerbaijan to eliminate the implications of the nearly 30-year occupation of Azerbaijani territories. The minister also talked about the existing landmine danger in Azerbaijani territories, and the serious humanitarian consequences of this.The officials also exchanged views on possible cooperation within Japan's membership in the UN Security Council in 2023, as well as on global and regional issues. Member countries of Turkic World Insurance Association to discuss 'road map' Business Sat, 03 Dec 2022 11:15:00 +0400 By TrendMember countries of the Turkic World Insurance Association will discuss the ‘road map’ and the association’s charter at the International Insurance Exhibition in March 2023 in Antalya, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijan Insurers Association (AIA).The respective agreement was reached during the meeting of AIA representatives with President of the Insurance Union of Türkiye (TSB) Atilla Benli and the TSB Secretary General Ozgur Obali.During the meeting, the parties addressed the current state of cooperation relations between the insurance associations of the two countries and new areas of cooperation.Executive Director of the AIA Elmar Mirsalayev informed about the current state of the local insurance market, the dynamics of the sector's development and ongoing projects.Benli spoke about the innovations implemented in the insurance sector of Türkiye and highly appreciated the development of the insurance market in Azerbaijan.The Turkic World Insurance Association was founded in May 2022 with the participation of insurer organizations from Azerbaijan, Türkiye, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. Azerbaijan, Vatican discuss cooperation Politics Sat, 03 Dec 2022 10:55:00 +0400 By TrendJeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, has met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for relations with states within the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, on December 2, 2022, as part of the 29th meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers, which was held in the Polish city of Lodz, Trend reports citing the press service of the MFA.During the meeting, they emphasized the high level of relations between Azerbaijan and the Vatican.Bayramov said that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to relations with the Vatican, and also that Azerbaijan's embassy in the Vatican will start operating and expressed confidence that this will contribute to further development of cooperation between the parties.The Minister provided Archbishop with detailed information about the post-conflict situation in the region, as well as crimes against nature, vandalism and the destruction of cultural and religious heritage during the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijan’s lands. He noted that Azerbaijan is engaged in restoration of infrastructure, transport-communication lines in the liberated territories.In addition, the minister informed the Archbishop about the mine threat and other provocations committed by Armenia and continuing to this day. Meanwhile, there is still no information about more than 3,800 missing Azerbaijanis since the early 1990s.Paul Richard Gallagher expressed his hope for the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the restoration of peace in the region. He said that the opening of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the Vatican is an important step, as well as the need to step up efforts to further expand ties.During the meeting, the Archbishop noted with satisfaction Azerbaijan's participation in the restoration of historical sites in the Vatican, which is regarded as a contribution to the intercultural dialogue. Azerbaijani Entrepreneurship Dev't Fund to provide concessional loan to ATA PACK company Business Sat, 03 Dec 2022 10:38:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijan Entrepreneurship Development Fund, one of the main goals of which is to stimulate local production and business, has provided a concessional loan to Azerbaijan’s ATA PACK company, Trend reports on December 2 via the tweet of the Minister of Economy Mikayil Jabbarov.As part of measures to support local production, 1.95 million manat ($1.15 million) in the concessional loan was provided for the production of labeling and food packaging goods, the tweet said. Azerbaijani FM discusses regional situation with Swiss colleague Politics Sat, 03 Dec 2022 10:15:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Livia Leu within the framework of the 29th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Lodz on December 2, Trend reports.At the meeting, issues on the agenda of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Switzerland, cooperation within the framework of international organizations, as well as issues of regional security were discussed.Bayramov informed in detail about the bilateral negotiations on the elements of a peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the arising issues, the current situation on the opening of communications and the delimitation process, as well as the work carried out by the Azerbaijani government in the liberated territories, including work to combat mine danger.Leu stressed the importance of negotiations on the elements of a peace treaty, as well as the readiness of Switzerland to continue to contribute to the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia.During the conversation, an exchange of views also took place on other bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. Azerbaijani foreign minister holds meetings with counterparts in Poland to mull pressing issues Politics Sat, 03 Dec 2022 09:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Fatima HasanovaAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov had meetings with his counterparts on the fringes of the 29th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Poland to discuss prospects for cooperation on issues of mutual interest.On December 1, Jeyhun Bayramov met with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.At the meeting, issues of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU in various spheres, further prospects for relations, as well as the implementation of the agreements reached in the energy sector were discussed. The two men also exchanged views on the efforts to advance the normalization process between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the EU's role in this effect.Bayramov blamed Armenia for creating obstacles to the peace process, violating obligations under the agreements the leaders have reached, and creating a false impression of the negotiation process. The minister once again drew attention to the existing mine danger in the territories liberated from occupation.Josep Borrell, in his turn, underscored the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the EU in the energy sector and the great potential for development. He also stressed that the EU intends to continue to support efforts to normalize relations between the two countries.On December 1, the Azerbaijani foreign minister also met with North Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani to discuss cooperation between the two nations in various fields, opportunities for developing them, energy security, as well as plans and prospects for cooperation within the framework of the presidency of North Macedonia in the OSCE in 2023.Bayramov provided his counterpart with detailed information about the current situation in the region, the peace agenda between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the process of normalization of relations and the work done by Azerbaijan in this area, as well as the provocations committed by Armenia, which damage the normalization.Expressing his appreciation for the existing bilateral relations, Minister Osmani highly estimated Azerbaijan's contribution to the energy security of Europe. Taking into account the difficulties arising within the OSCE, he shared his thoughts on strengthening the capacities of the organization.On December 2, Jeyhun Bayramov met with his Lithuanian colleague Gabrielius Landsbergis. Topical issues of the current agenda of cooperation between the two countries and the situation in the region were discussed at the meeting. They noted that Azerbaijan and Lithuania are cooperating in political, economic, educational, humanitarian, and other fields. The importance of mutual visits and political dialogue for the development of relations was emphasized, as well as Azerbaijan's ties with the EU and the work carried out within this framework were discussed.Jeyhun Bayramov informed his colleague in detail about the new realities which have developed in the region after the 2020 Second Karabakh War, the restoration and construction work carried out in the Azerbaijani territories liberated from Armenian occupation at the post-conflict stage, the work to open communications in the region, and the steps taken by Azerbaijan to promote the peace agenda.Landsbergis noted the potential for further development of relations between the two countries and stressed the importance of using this potential. The importance of energy security projects being implemented in the region was emphasized. The minister also noted that Lithuania supports the process of normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia.Another meeting on December 2 was held between Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Greek opposite number Nikos Dendias, where the two men exchanged views on a variety of issues on the bilateral cooperation agenda, as well as reviewed relations in political, economic, trade, energy, humanitarian sectors, including cooperation within international organizations.The officials emphasized the significance of the recent engagements between Azerbaijan and Greece, in particular, the meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the opening of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) on October 1, 2022.Minister Bayramov informed his colleague on the new regional realities after the 44-day Second Karabakh War, the normalization process between Azerbaijan and Armenia, reconstruction activities on the liberated lands, as well as the challenges posed by Armenia to the peace process.The Azerbaijani top diplomat also had a meeting with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid on the sidelines of the 29th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).They discussed various aspects of the Azerbaijani-OSCE cooperation agenda, current problems within the OSCE, as well as the recent developments in the South Caucasus. Bayramov updated Schmid on Azerbaijan's peace efforts to normalize relations with Armenia, the negotiation process, the border delimitation process between the two countries, and the de-mining of liberated lands.The minister pointed out the challenges posed by Armenia to the negotiation process, the gross violation of its obligations, as well as the landmine problem on the liberated territories. He also emphasized the need for OSCE support to eliminate the landmine threat and implement projects in a number of other areas.As OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries Russia, the USA, and France had been mediating a peaceful solution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict since the signing of the volatile cease-fire agreement in 1994. The Minsk Group’s efforts resulted in no progress as Armenia refused to abide by the UN Security Council Resolutions (822, 853, 874, and 884) demanding the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of its troops from Azerbaijani territories, which was the main obstacle to the resolution of the conflict.The trilateral ceasefire deal, signed by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders on November 10, 2020, ended the three-decade-long conflict over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region, which along with the seven adjacent regions came under the occupation of the Armenian armed forces in the war at the outset of 1990s.On January 11, 2021, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders signed the second statement after the end of the 44-day war. The newly-signed statement is set to implement clause 9 of the November 2020 statement related to the unblocking of all economic and transport communications in the region. Türkiye determined to clear terrorists off southern borders World news Sat, 03 Dec 2022 09:11:00 +0400 By TrendTürkiye will take necessary steps against terrorists and will not allow any terrorist group on its southern borders, a statement released after National Security Council (MGK) meeting said Thursday, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.The MGK, chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara, focused on the potential ground operation targeting terrorists in Syria.Noting that the only target of the Turkish military's counterterrorism operations on its southern borders is the terrorist groups, the MGK statement highlighted that the meeting informed the council about ongoing and planned operations against all terrorist groups.The statement also noted that Türkiye will not tolerate some actors, which frequently employ lies and defamation against the country, to target Turkish security forces.Support for TRNCMeanwhile, the MGK statement also reiterated Ankara's support for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Turkish Cypriots, as it called on Greece to support the militarization of islands with demilitarized status.Türkiye expects Greece, which has been indifferent to Ankara's calls for dialogue, to end its violation of islands with demilitarized status, the statement underscored.Ankara says Greece has been building a military presence in violation of treaties that guarantee the unarmed status of the Aegean islands. It argues the islands were ceded to Greece on the condition they remained demilitarized.Athens counters that the islands, which have been garrisoned for decades and lie within close striking distance of a large Turkish landing fleet, can't be left undefended. US imposes sanctions on three North Korea officials after ICBM test World news Sat, 03 Dec 2022 08:02:00 +0400 By TrendThe US on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior North Korean officials connected to the country's weapons programs after Pyongyang's latest and largest intercontinental ballistic missile test last month, Trend reports citing Al Arabiya.The US Treasury Department named the individuals as Jon Il Ho, Yu Jin, and Kim Su Gil, all of whom were designated for sanctions by the European Union in April.The latest sanctions follow a Nov. 18 ICBM test by North Korea and amid concerns that it may be about to resume nuclear bomb testing suspended since 2017.A Treasury statement said Jon Il Ho and Yu Jin played major roles in the development of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction while serving as vice director and director, respectively, of the North Korea's Munitions Industry Department.It said Kim Su Gil served as director of the Korean People's Army General Political Bureau from 2018 to 2021 and oversaw the implementation of decisions related to the WMD program.“Treasury is taking action in close trilateral coordination with the Republic of Korea and Japan against officials who have had leading roles in the DPRK's unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in the statement.“Recent launches demonstrate the need for all countries to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions, which are intended to prevent the DPRK from acquiring the technologies, materials, and revenue Pyongyang needs to develop its prohibited WMD and ballistic missile capabilities.”DPRK are the initials of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.The sanctions freeze any US-based assets of the individuals and bars dealing with them. Pentagon enters into $431 mln contract with Lockheed Martin to produce HIMARS World news Fri, 02 Dec 2022 23:12:00 +0400 By TrendThe Pentagon has entered into a contract worth $430.9 mln with the US-based defense technology corporation Lockheed Martin for the production of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers for the need of the US Army (ground forces) and Washington’s foreign partners, the press service of the US Department of Defense said in a statement on Thursday, Trend reports citing TASS."Lockheed Martin Corp., <??…>, was awarded a $430,930,711 fixed-price incentive contract for full-rate production of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and support services to satisfy an urgent need to support the Army and various Foreign Military Sales partners," the document reads.The estimated completion date is December 31, 2025.The M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a highly mobile multiple launch rocket system developed by Lockheed Martin. The launcher fires over 20 types of munitions with a strike range of 30 km to 80 km (for rockets) and 300 km and more (for a tactical missile). Chinese mainland reports 4,233 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases World news Fri, 02 Dec 2022 22:44:00 +0400 By TrendThe Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 4,233 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Friday, Trend reports citing Xinhua.Altogether 30,539 local asymptomatic carriers were newly identified.A total of 2,877 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the mainland on Thursday, said the commission in its daily report.Thursday saw no new deaths from COVID-19, with the total death toll at 5,233. Kuwaiti airline to launch direct flights to Tajikistan's capital World news Fri, 02 Dec 2022 22:13:00 +0400 By TrendJazeera Airways, a low-cost carrier based in Kuwait, will launch direct flights to Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, Trend reports with reference to first flights from Kuwait City to Dushanbe International Airport will take off on December 29, 2022 and from there on will be operated twice a week - on Thursdays and Saturdays.CEO of Kuwaiti company Rohit Ramachandran noted that Jazeera today flies to many CIS countries, operating underserved routes from the Middle East that cater to a latent demand for religious tourism and simulates new demand from tourists who want to explore culturally-rich countries that are a few hours away.Jazeera Airways operates commercial and cargo flights to 54 popular destinations across the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Africa and Europe comprising high-demand business, leisure, religious and weekend destinations. Azerbaijan offers benefits for public-private partnership projects Business Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:47:00 +0400 By TrendBenefits, exemptions, and compensations will be applied to public-private partnership projects in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.This was reflected in the new bill "On public-private partnership", which was discussed at the Azerbaijani Parliament's meeting on December 2.According to the bill, public-private partnership projects will be subject to incentive measures envisaged by the Law "On investment activity", as well as tax and other government benefits, additional financial support, guarantees, exemptions, and compensations.In coordination with the body (institution) determined by the relevant executive authority, the state can provide support and guarantees, including the supply of goods, materials, raw materials, equipment for the implementation of the public-private partnership project; ensuring a minimum level of income for the public-private partnership project; ensuring the purchase of a certain amount of products, rendered services, work performed within the public-private partnership project; provision of subsidies and (or) loans, investments; regulated price guarantee; granting rights to provide services, sell products on the territory of Azerbaijan; reimbursement of expenses incurred by the partner, and lost profits stipulated by the public-private partnership agreement. Dutch company designing master plan within second phase of Baku Port's expansion Business Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe master plan for the second construction phase of the Baku Port's expansion will be designed by the Dutch Royal HaskoningDHV consultancy by mid-2023, Director-General of the Baku International Sea Trade Port Taleh Ziyadov said, answering a question from Trend.According to him, the Port is expected to implement a number of important projects."Currently, our cargo transshipment capacity constitutes 15 million tons per year and 100,000 TEU containers. As part of the second phase, this figure is supposed to reach 25 million tons per year and 500,000 TEU containers per year," he said.Ziyadov noted that the freight movement through Azerbaijan has significantly risen against the backdrop of current developments."We see the necessity to expand the infrastructure and capacity due to the continued growth in cargo traffic. Containerized cargo is projected to increase significantly in the future, particularly from China to Europe and vice versa," he added. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shares photos from Shaki [PHOTO] Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:00:00 +0400 First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made posts from Shaki on her official Instagram page.The posts say: “On the way to Shaki. In the Shaki Khan’s Mosque Complex. 02.12.2022”. Azerbaijan sees growth in rice cultivation Business Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:11:00 +0400 By TrendA total of 11,558 tons of rice have been harvested from the Azerbaijani fields as of yet, which was 858 tons more than in 2021, Trend reports citing the country's Ministry of Agriculture.The average yield of rice was 36.2 centners per hectare, up by 1.4 centners per hectare against the average yield of 2021.According to the ministry, the total area of ??rice fields equals 3,194 hectares. The majority of the rice crop was sown in Lankaran (802 hectares), Aghdash (681 hectares) and Ujar (678 hectares) districts.The Ministry of Agriculture says that rice harvesting is a traditional branch of the country's agriculture. In recent years, the country has further strengthened support for this industry and taken a number of measures to increase sown areas and production.According to the Agricultural Subsidy Council's decision, farmers are provided with a sowing subsidy of 360 manat ($211.6) for each hectare of cultivated rice. Azerbaijan confirms 46 more COVID-19 cases, 41 recoveries Society Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:00:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 46 new COVID-19 cases, 41 patients have recovered, and two patients have died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 824,431 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 814,189 of them have recovered, and 9,983 people have died. Currently, 259 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 1,566 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 7,378,848 tests have been conducted so far.A total of 406 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on December 1.The first dose of the vaccine was injected into 115 citizens, the second dose – 255 citizens, while the third dose and the next doses were received by 123 citizens. As many as 22 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.Totally, up until now, 13,923,277 vaccine doses were administered, 5,393,050 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4,874,300 people – the second dose, 3,391,919 people – the third dose and the next doses.Besides, 264,008 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19. Monetary base in Azerbaijan increases Business Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:43:00 +0400 By TrendThe monetary base in Azerbaijan as of November 2022 amounted to 16.7 billion manat ($9.8 billion), which is higher by 17.01 percent or 2.426 billion manat ($1.43 billion) compared to the previous month, Trend reports via Central Bank of Azerbaijan.The monetary base in November 2021 amounted to more than 14.2 billion manat ($8.3 billion).The monetary base includes cash, free and obligatory reserves of commercial banks that are in circulation. Azerbaijani, Swedish FMs discuss prospects for co-op within OSCE meeting Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:21:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with his Swedish colleague Tobias Billström within the framework of the 29th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Lodz on December 2, Trend reports.The ministers discussed topical issues of the current agenda of cooperation between the two countries and the situation in the region.Besides, they noted mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in various fields.Confidence was expressed regarding successful implementation of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU in the context of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2023, and joint work on the reached agreements.Bayramov also informed Billström in detail about the new realities which have developed in the region after the 2020 second Karabakh war, process of normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia at the post-conflict stage, Azerbaijan’s activities to promote the peace agenda, as well as restoration and construction work carried out in the region.At the same time, the Azerbaijani minister spoke about the obstacles posed by Armenia in the framework of the negotiation process, its violation of obligations under the agreements reached and the provocations committed by Armenia, including the mine threat.Billström noted the potential for development of relations between Azerbaijan and Sweden in various fields.It was noted with satisfaction that the development of cooperation was facilitated by joint events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.The importance of continuing the dialogue at the political level was also emphasized.Furthermore, the parties exchanged views on other bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. Foundation stone laid for new plant at Shaki-Oghuz Agropark [PHOTO] Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:43:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has laid a foundation stone for the walnut products hulling, washing and drying plant at “Shaki-Oghuz” Agropark in Oghuz district.Head of “Agroinkishaf-2017” Limited Liability Company Ruslan Sadikhov informed the head of state about the project of the plant.It was noted that in order to organize the sale of products in accordance with international standards, the washing, drying, sorting and packing, the walnut plant was jointly designed with a US company and a contract was signed for the provision of it with equipment. Four hectares of land has been allocated for the construction of the plant which will operate two production lines.It was indicated that 10,000 tons of walnuts were initially to be produced from 2,000 hectares of orchards. At the same time, a nursery for different nut varieties has been established. The time of collection and drying of products is 40 days. The volume of 80 metal boxes for drying walnut products is 400 tons.The President was informed that 40 jobs were to be created at the factory at the first stage.President Ilham Aliyev laid the foundation stone for the new plant. Turkiye carries on with support for Azerbaijan in its righteous cause - Turkish minister Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:32:00 +0400 By TrendTurkiye supported Azerbaijan's righteous cause and continues to do so, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, Trend reports.He pointed out that Turkiye is a strong, safe and effective ally."Turkiye always stands for its Azerbaijani brothers. We supported the righteous cause of Azerbaijan and keep doing it. The work we have done in connection with our country concerns not only 85 million people. This concerns billions of people. Everyone in Central Asia has expectations from Turkiye. Therefore, we must responsibly continue with our efforts," Akar said. Facilities providing irrigation water to land plot of Shaki-Oghuz Agropark launched [PHOTO] Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:24:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has viewed the work done on providing the land plot of Shaki-Oghuz Agropark with irrigation water.Chairman of Azerbaijan Melioration and Water Management Open Joint Stock Company Zaur Mikayilov informed the head of state of the project.The head of state launched the facilities to provide the land plot of the agropark with irrigation water. President Ilham Aliyev views conditions created at Shaki-Oghuz Agropark [PHOTO] Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:47:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has viewed conditions created at Shaki-Oghuz Agropark owned by “Agroinkishaf-2017” Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Oghuz district.Head of “Agroinkishaf-2017” Limited Liability Company Ruslan Sadikhov informed the head of state of the activities of the Agropark.The agro-park, established on a total area of 11,000 hectares, including 9,700 hectares in the territory of Shaki district and 1,300 hectares in Oghuz district, operates in the fields of horticulture and agriculture. Walnut, almond and olive groves are cultivated and grain crops are grown here. The total value of the project is 30 million manats. 67.8 million manats of public funds have been invested in the creation of the necessary infrastructure.It was noted that starting from 2017, “Agroinkishaf 2017” LLC used the experience of American farms and Australian company “Webster” to initiate the production of walnuts in Azerbaijan. The agro-park is equipped with a system of drip irrigation established on an area of 2,000 hectares, three weather stations, office buildings, a phyto-laboratory, refrigeration chambers for seedling production, mechanization areas and warehouses.Products grown in the agropark were presented to President Ilham Aliyev.The construction of a 1,000-hectare almond orchard has started in the area. Currently, 160 hectares of orchards for four types of almonds have been planted, with plans to increase it to 300 hectares by the end of the year. This year, 1.2 tons of almonds were sold to “AzBadam” for the first time.At present, more than 225 hectares of olive groves of two types of olives have been planted, with plans to increase it to 300 hectares. 2.6 tons of olives have been sold to “Zira Zeytun” for the first time. There are plans to establish a small-scale olive oil processing area here as well.It was indicated that high-quality wheat production was organized on an area of 9,000 hectares, 30,000-ton silo facilities built and the necessary infrastructure established. As a result of the agro-technical measures taken, the average yield per hectare has reached 1.5 tons, in some cases 4 tons. About 2,000 tons of seeds are grown and processed annually to provide the farm with high-quality seeds.At present, 160 people have been recruited for permanent and 200 seasonal jobs. The farm was supplied with 31 tractors with GPS devices, four combine harvesters, four modern sprayers, 55 different trailers and pieces of equipment.The head of state planted a tree in the territory of the Agropark. Azerbaijan's FM meets with OSCE PA President Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:44:00 +0400 By TrendMinister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov met with President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) Margareta Cederfelt within the 29th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Poland's Lodz, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend.Bayramov briefed the OSCE PA President on the current regional situation, including the ongoing reconstruction work in the liberated territories, the landmine threat, as well as Azerbaijan's steps aimed at normalizing relations with Armenia.He added that, despite the Armenian provocations and attempts impeding the peace process, Azerbaijan will continue its peace efforts to ensure regional stability, including the signing of a peace agreement, border delimitation issues, opening of all communication routes, and other topics.Cederfelt noted that the OSCE PA attaches great importance to cooperation with Azerbaijan, stressed the importance of ensuring peace and security in the region, as well as expressed the organization's readiness to promote inter-parliamentary dialogue supporting the peace process.The sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest. Minister: Transport project in Azerbaijan aimed to support wider regional co-op Business Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadTransport projects being implemented in Azerbaijan are designed to support broader regional cooperation, meeting the domestic needs of the country and turning Azerbaijan into an international transport and logistics center, the country’s Digital Development and Transport Minister Rashad Nabiyev said, Azernews reports.He made remarks speaking at the roundtable on “New views and opportunities for sustainable transport communication between Europe and Asia”, organized at the European Parliament in Brussels.Speaking at the roundtable, he informed the participants of transport projects implemented in the country and international transport corridors, of which Azerbaijan is a member.The minister mentioned that Azerbaijan has invested billions of dollars in its transport infrastructure over the past two decades.“Azerbaijan has built roads and railroads, launched new international airports, and strengthened the civilian maritime and air cargo fleets. It has also developed the Baku International Seaport and created the Alat Free Economic Zone,” he said.Moreover, Rashad Nabiyev underlined that the current geopolitical situation has further augmented the strategic importance of Azerbaijan in international transportation.“Over a short period of time, there has been a sharp increase in the volume of transit cargoes passing through Azerbaijan’s territory,” he said.He also noted that Azerbaijan is an active supporter of the Middle Corridor, recalling that in October 2017, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, which is one of the main arteries of the Middle Corridor and connects the Trans-European and Trans-Asian railway networks, was commissioned.The event was attended by members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, the European External Action Service, think tanks, as well as the World Customs Organization Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya. Orphanage-kindergarten constructed on initiative of Heydar Aliyev Foundation commissioned in ... Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:16:00 +0400 A 100-seat orphanage-kindergarten, the construction of which was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, has been commissioned in the city of Oghuz.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the inauguration.Head of Oghuz District Executive Authority Eyvaz Gurbanov informed the head of state that the kindergarten, which covers an area of 0,4 hectares, and a total area of 3.013 square meters, features 32 rooms. The building has five group rooms, medical point, music hall, canteen, kitchen, as well as gymnastics, computer, and other rooms.The building was fitted with the state-of-the-art equipment, inventory and furniture sets, as well as video surveillance, fire protection, and centralized heating systems. Landscaping work was carried out, green areas were laid out, modern lighting system was installed in the yard of the kindergarten.President Ilham Aliyev viewed conditions created in the rooms, games room, canteen and courtyard. Baku, Bucharest keen on developing Middle Corridor Business Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan and Romania are interested in developing the Middle Corridor, Bucharest Ambassador Vasile Soare told the “National Day of Romania and the 104th anniversary of the Great Union” event, Azernews reports.“Romania and Azerbaijan are interested in the development of the Middle Corridor connecting Europe and Asia with the ports of Baku and Constanta, which are in geographically advantageous locations and represent transport hubs,” he said.The ambassador noted that for many years, relations between Romania and Azerbaijan have been actively developing in politics, energy, transport, culture, and other sectors.Energy projectsMoreover, the ambassador stated that Romania and Azerbaijan are interested in the implementation of large projects of mutual interest aimed at ensuring energy security in Central and Eastern Europe.Vasile Soare added that these projects will include the production of electricity from alternative sources and the extraction of natural gas.Trade turnover“The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Romania increased by 2.3 times for the last ten years,” he said.Noting that Romanian companies actively work in Azerbaijan and vice versa, the ambassador stressed that all efforts will be made to expand cooperation.Additionally, Vasile Soare recalled that Romania was the second country in the world to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence, adding that during this period relations between the countries have been actively developing in various areas.Azerbaijan and Romania are cooperating in various spheres of the economy. The two countries established diplomatic relations on June 19, 1992. The embassy of Romania in Azerbaijan was opened on November 3, 1998, and the embassy of Azerbaijan in Romania on May 19, 2001.The trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $215.5 million in 2021, with exports amounting to $120.5 million, and imports to $94.9 million. Azerbaijani agency reveals November figures of mine-clearance operations in Karabakh Politics Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:01:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Yusif AbbaszadaThe Azerbaijani Mine Action Agency has published information on November mine clearance operations in the territories liberated from occupation, Azernews reports via the agency.During the demining operations throughout November, 782 anti-personnel and 344 anti-tank mines, as well as 1,735 unexploded ordnances were found and defused in Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavand, Fuzuli, Shusha, Gubadli, Jabrayil, and Zangilan districts.An area of 2,522.6 hectares has been cleared of mines and unexploded ordnance, the report added.