Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held an expanded meeting - ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136727.html Politics Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:20:00 +0500 14:20Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Antonis Samaras have met in an expanded format with the participation of their delegations.During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations. The parties discussed energy cooperation and the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project. --------------------20.09.2014 10:28President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras on Sept. 19 have held a one-on-one meeting.During the meeting, the parties noted that relations between the two countries were developing successfully and stressed the importance of the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor. It was noted that there were big prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Greece.During the conversation, the sides also exchanged views on international affairs and other issues of mutual interest.--------------------19.09.2014 18:28Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras has today arrived in Azerbaijan.A guard of honor was lined up for the Greek Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.PM Antonis Samaras was welcomed by Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and other officials./AzerTAc/Greek Premier arrives in AzerbaijanPresident Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held a one-on-one meetingPresident Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held an expanded meeting Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu completes official visit to Azerbaijan - UPDATED - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136723.html Politics Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:50:00 +0500 20.09.2014 11:50Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu has today ended his official visit to Azerbaijan.A guard of honor was lined up for the Turkish Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu was seen off by Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Abid Sharifov and other officials.-------23:50Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has hailed Azerbaijan`s development as he met chairman of the country`s parliament Ogtay Asadov.“I`m proud of Azerbaijan`s rapid development that I see each time I visit the country,” said the Turkish Premier, who is on an official visit to Baku. “Only two issues have remained unchanged amid the crises of recent years. First, Azerbaijani-Turkish friendship and brotherhood has remained unchanged. Second, there has been no delay in the development of either Azerbaijan or Turkey. Our countries are developing at a rapid place.”Mr. Davutoglu said that as the prime minister he paid his first visit to Azerbaijan, adding he had spared no efforts to serve the people of Turkey and Azerbaijan regardless of his post.He touched upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying Turkey “has always backed Azerbaijan`s just stance”.“Settlement of the problem, restoration of brotherly Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity is important to Turkey as much as it is important to Azerbaijan.”Mr. Davutoglu also praised the inter-parliamentary cooperation, saying it played a special role in the development of the bilateral relations.“I`m confident that our cooperation with Azerbaijan will further develop in all areas,” the Turkish Premier added.Mr. Asadov praised Azerbaijan-Turkey relations, saying they “had deep roots”. “We have excellent relations on all fronts. Azerbaijan-Turkey relations are an example to the rest of the world.”He hailed cooperation between legislative bodies of the two countries. “Our countries back each other in all international organizations.”Mr. Asadov particularly praised the bilateral cooperation in legal, political and economic fields. “We set ourselves a goal of elevating trade between our countries to 15 billion dollars.”On the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he said “Turkey is our main supporter on this issue”.--------21:15Azerbaijan and Turkey have discussed how to further deepen the bilateral relations as the two countries` prime ministers met in Baku.Prime ministers Artur Rasizade and Ahmet Davutoglu had private talks before being joined by their delegations for a meeting in an expanded format.Artur Rasizade highlighted the friendly and fraternal ties between the two countries. He said Azerbaijan and Turkey were successfully cooperating on all fronts, including political, economic and humanitarian areas.The Premier expressed confidence that Ahmet Davutoglu`s visit to Azerbaijan would contribute to strengthening cooperation between the countries even further.Rasizade said there was good potential for the further development of Azerbaijan-Turkey cooperation. He also stressed the importance of large-scale projects implemented by the two countries.Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the high-level reciprocal visits played an important role in expanding bonds between the countries.Ahmet Davutoglu expressed confidence that the friendly and fraternal ties between Azerbaijan and Turkey would continue to enhance.---------12:50Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country`s independence and territorial integrity. He put a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.The Turkish Prime Minister also visited a monument to Turkish soldiers and laid a wreath at it.Ahmet Davutoglu signed the guest book here.--------11:36Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.The Turkish Prime Minister also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.------10:50Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu has arrived in Azerbaijan for an official visit.A guard of honour was lined up for the Turkish Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.PM Davutoglu was welcomed by Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov and other officials./AzerTAc/Turkish Prime Minister embarks on official Azerbaijan visit Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits tomb of national leader Heydar Aliyev Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits Alley of Martyrs Rasizade, Davutoglu discuss how to further deepen Azerbaijan-Turkey relations Ahmet Davutoglu: I`m proud of Azerbaijan`s rapid development that I see each time I visit the country Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu completes official visit to Azerbaijan Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136728.html Politics Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:33:00 +0500 A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state and government, who are visiting the country to participate in a ceremony to lay the foundation of the South Gas Corridor and an event marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century./AzerTAc/Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state and government President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136726.html Politics Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:21:00 +0500 21:21After the signing ceremony, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press.--------20:20After the meeting in an expanded format, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria have signed a joint statement.The statement was inked by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev.-------20:10Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev have met in an expanded format with the participation of delegations.------17:56President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev have held a one-on-one meeting.During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the successful development of bilateral relations in political, economic and other areas. The parties stressed the importance of laying the foundation for the Southern Gas Corridor in Azerbaijan in terms of international cooperation. It was noted that there were good prospects for a further expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries.During the conversation, the sides exchanged views on bilateral ties and international issues.-------16:53President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev has today arrived in Azerbaijan.A guard of honor was lined up for the Bulgarian President at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.President Rosen Plevneliev was welcomed by Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and other officials./AzerTAc/Bulgarian President arrived in AzerbaijanPresident Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev held a one-on-one meeting President Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev held an expanded meeting Azerbaijan, Bulgaria signed a joint statement President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press Montenegrin PM hails relations with Azerbaijan - UPDATE - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136720.html Politics Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:52:00 +0500 19:52Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has hailed relations with Azerbaijan in a meeting with Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ogtay Asadov.PM Milo Dukanovic, who is in Azerbaijan for an official visit, also praised cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and investment making. He said a legal framework between the two countries had been expanded, and hailed the activity of the intergovernmental commission as fruitful. The Premier noted that there were ample opportunities for the development of humanitarian cooperation. The Prime Minister said the Azerbaijan-Montenegro ties, which were based on a solid foundation, would continue to develop.Highlighting the relationship between Azerbaijan and Montenegro, Speaker Ogtay Asadov noted that political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries had been developing. The Parliament Speaker said the high-level reciprocal visits contributed to expanding these relations.Ogtay Asadov stressed the importance of the development of interparliamentary ties between the countries even further. The Azerbaijani Speaker noted that the two countries supported each other within international organizations.They also discussed energy cooperation and infrastructure projects.-------------19.09.2014 18:05Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has visited ADA University on Sept. 19.He viewed newly opened education centre, as well as the country`s largest library in foreign languages of the ADA University.The Premier was informed holding of the biggest alternative energy project at the University.Rector Hafiz Pashayev highlighted the University’s cooperation with the leading Higher Schools of the world, adding these ties would be expanded even further.The Montenegrin Premier met the students, praised the educational process of the ADA University. He expressed assurance over the fact that the young generation would contribute to developing Azerbaijani-Montenegrin relations.The Montenegrin Premier was presented a symbolic medal of ADA University.--------------------18.09.2014 20:15Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has today visited the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.The Premier was informed about the grandiose facility. All conditions have been created at the Center to host official receptions, various international conferences and meetings. The Center was put into operation on 90th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s national leader Heydar Aliyev.The Premier also reviewed the cars that Heydar Aliyev used during his leadership of Azerbaijan from 1969 to 2003.The Prime Minister has also viewed the exhibition “Azerbaijani Pearls”. The exhibition features unique artifacts on the long history, cultural heritage, inexhaustible natural resources of Azerbaijan, as well as economic projects realized since the country`s independence.Dukanovic signed the Guest Book.***15:18Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has today visited the Alley of Martyrs in Baku.The Prime Minister paid tribute to Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country’s independence and territorial integrity.He laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.***13:35Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.The Montenegrin PM also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.***12:44Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic on Sept. 17 has arrived in Azerbaijan for an official visit.A guard of honor was lined up for the Montenegrin Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.PM Milo Dukanovic was welcomed by Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov and other officials. /AzerTAc/Montenegrin PM embarks on official Azerbaijan visitMontenegrin PM visits Alley of Honors in Baku Montenegrin Premier visits Alley of Martyrs in Baku Montenegrin Prime Minister visits Heydar Aliyev Center Prime Minister of Montenegro visits ADA University Montenegrin PM hails relations with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev received President of European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey http://www.today.az/news/politics/136724.html Politics Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:51:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey.The sides praised the progress of preparations for the first European Games to be held in Baku in 2015.The importance of government attention to the development of all sports in Azerbaijan was emphasized.The parties discussed the issues related to international cooperation in the field of sport./AzerTAc/ Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of Turkish Prime ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136725.html Politics Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:36:00 +0500 -------14:36A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in honor of Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu.-------13:20After the one-on-one meeting, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu made statements for the press.-------12:27President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu have held a one-on-one meeting.The sides hailed the successful development of Azerbaijani-Turkish bilateral relations in all fields.The parties expressed their confidence that the ties between the two countries would further develop.The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest./AzerTAc/President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a one-on-one meeting President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made statements for the press Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Prime Minister of Montenegro - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136722.html Politics Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:05:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic.President Ilham Aliyev first held a one-on-one meeting with PM Milo Dukanovic. During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between the countries. The parties noted that there was good potential for the development of ties on various fronts, including energy, infrastructure, banking sector, tourism and education.The meeting continued in an expanded format with the participation of the two countries' delegations.The head of state expressed his satisfaction with the fact that bilateral friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro covered a variety of fields and were rapidly developing.Touching upon the issues related to the expansion of cooperation, President Ilham Aliyev said that there were ample opportunities for the development of mutual commercial ties between the two countries.Noting the significance of high-level reciprocal visits in terms of the development of bilateral bonds, the head of state stressed the importance of the visit of the delegation led by Montenegrin Premier Milo Dukanovic to Azerbaijan in terms of discussions of the issues related to the development of relations.PM Milo Dukanovic thanked the Azerbaijani President for his friendly attitude towards Montenegro. The Prime Minister said he was witnessing rapid development in Azerbaijan, adding that this development had made a deep impression on him. Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic congratulated the head of state on Azerbaijan's achievements.Milo Dukanovic said he was pleased with the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro./AzerTAc/ Azerbaijan, Montenegro discuss expansion of mutual cooperation http://www.today.az/news/politics/136721.html Politics Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:53:00 +0500 Azerbaijan's Prime Minister Artur Rasizade has today met Montenegrin counterpart Milo Dukanovic.The prime ministers have been joined by their delegations for an expanded meeting following their one-on-one talk.Rasizade hailed the rapid development of cooperation between the two countries. He said the political and economic relations between the two countries were at a high level.He stressed the importance of reciprocal visits in terms of the development of bilateral ties.The Premier also expressed satisfaction with the activity of the joint commission on economic cooperation between the governments of Azerbaijan and Montenegro. According to Rasizade, the two countries enjoy with the realization of huge projects. He also underlined the importance of expanding humanitarian cooperation between the two countries.Speaking on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Rasizade said the Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan`s territories, and expressed regret that the dispute has not yet been settled.Milo Dukanovic said Azerbaijan and Montenegro enjoyed friendly ties, which were based on mutual confidence. He hailed the rapid development of bonds between the two countries, including political and economic ones, and noted the existing legal base for the expansion of mutual cooperation.He stressed the importance of laying foundation for the Southern Gas Corridor as part of the events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the “Contract of the Century”. Dukanovic congratulated Azerbaijan on the successful realization of huge energy projects. PM Milo Dukanovic thanked the Azerbaijani Government for friendly attitude towards Montenegro.The meeting ended with the signing of an agreement on cooperation between the ministries of education of Azerbaijan and Montenegro. The agreement was inked by Azerbaijan`s Minister of Education Mikayil Jabbarov and Montenegrin Minister of Economy Vladimir Kavaric./AzerTAc/ Azerbaijan love in Mexican heart http://www.today.az/news/society/136719.html Society Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:00 +0500 By Paula Del RealIt all began with a call-up to write an essay about my knowledge about Azerbaijan.It was a complicated assignment because I really didn't know anything about the country. After some research, I began to write the article. One month later, I received a call. I was told that I have won the call-up. The prize? I could travel to the Land of Fire in the summer! I was about to start one of my best experiences in life.It took me three flights and more than 28 hours to arrive in Baku. As soon as I stepped in the airport, I saw a man, standing with a sign reading: "Mexico", it was then that I realized I was in Azerbaijan, representing my country.The trip began with a formal ceremony, were the entire guests took flowers to the Alley of Honour, and the Alley of the Martyrs. It was a great start because we understood love and respect Azerbaijanis pay to their country and history.By walking into the city, you can sense a mixture of ancient and modern history in Baku: On one side, you can see the amazing Maiden Tower and all the ancient history and culture that Azerbaijan is so proud of, and a few streets down, you can see the stunning Flame Towers, a symbol indicating that Azerbaijan is a country proud of its roots and confident enough in the modern world.When you begin to walk along the Old City, it seems you are travelling into history.There you can see old buildings, old cars, and ancient history. It is amazing how well all these elements have been arranged. The wall that surrounds this part of the city is actually a check point. A few miles away there's Nizami Street along which you can see modern shops and contemporary statues and structures, like the Monument to the Modern Woman.Our sponsor, the Youth and Sports Ministry, also had arranged a three day visit to Gabala, Shaki and Lahic during which I got the chance to see the full culture of Azerbaijan. I visited Khan's Palace, Karavansay Hotel and ate the traditional Piti soup in a traditional wedding's venue in Shaki. I will never forget the pleasures I got from these experiences. In Lahic I felt traveling in a time machine. We actually traveled in time. We had the opportunity to saw one of the most ancient villages not only in Azerbaijan but also across the world. Gabala has amazing perspectives and the Cable Car, it's something that no one can resist experiencing.Back in Baku, we visited the Heydar Aliyev Center, which is a stunning construction. It's design has already won many international awards. By visiting the Heydar Aliyev Museum you enter a new atmosphere. The building is like a space machine: contemporary and white. There you can see all the willingness to share Heydar Aliyev's history and it's something every country should do about their national leaders.Food in Azerbaijan was something I was really afraid of before visiting the country.But surprisingly enough, it turned out that there are a lot of similarities between Mexico and Azerbaijan in terms of food. Both countries are rich in fruits, beer, and meat. I especially liked apples, watermelons and cherries. Meanwhile, the way a traditional Azerbaijani meal is presented is amazing. I never thought that you can start with a fruit, sometimes it's exactly what you need to do. I ate a lot of lamb in different dishes and presentations and discovered how many chesses you can eat with the Tandir (bread). It's just a festive in your mouth. Into the beverages field, I found a lot of juices (gilas v? portajal shiresi) and a type of drinkable compote of cherries. Azerbaijani gastronomy, it's something people from all over the world must try at least once.Azerbaijani tea is simply amazing. My first experience with Azerbaijani tea was at 3 am in the morning on a Tuesday in a tea house in Bulvar. It was a bit of a shock to me to be able to walk and drink tea at that late hour. They have a traditional tea presentation, with desserts like Pakhlavas. I personally love tea, but in Mexico we don't have tea culture, so this is one of the many things I loved about Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan is an amazing country with amazing people. Every person I met was kind and welcoming. They deserve all the international attention they are getting.But they also need the attention of foreign governments to adopt urgent measures to put an end to the conflict in Karabakh which has already taken many lives.The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 over Armenia's territorial claims against Azerbaijan. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed as a result of large-scale hostilities and over one million Azerbaijanis are unable to return their home because of the invasion. Armenia continues the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, which in turn obstacles the regional security and peace.There is a saying that every person has two countries, his own and another one, where they belong to. I am so proud to be a Mexican and share all my roots and culture but I definitely believe that I belong to Azerbaijan.Paula Del Real is a Mexican student who studies international relations and got a chance to visit Azerbaijan this summer. You can contact her at paula.delreal.ri@gmail.com. President Ilham Aliyev received the Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136718.html Politics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:35:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, MP Andreas Schockenhoff.They discussed the issues related to the development of the relations between the two countries and Azerbaijan-EU cooperation./AzerTAc/ First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva reviews “Konul” orphanage-kindergarten in Baku after major ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136717.html Politics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:10:00 +0500 First Lady of Azerbaijan and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva has today reviewed “Konul” orphanage-kindergarten in Badamdar settlement of the Sabail District, Baku after major overhaul.The repair work, which was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, started here this April.The Azerbaijani First Lady was informed that the 3-block kindergarten, which was constructed in 1974, occupied a total area of 4,000 square meters.A new two-storied 90-seat block covering 600 square meters was built in the yard of the 110-seat kindergarten.The facility`s roof, music and game halls, a medical point, a kitchen and auxiliary rooms of the block were completely renovated. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation provided the kindergarten with furniture, refrigerators, TV sets, toys and other equipment. Photo stands reflecting national leader Heydar Aliyev`s and President Ilham Aliyev`s attention to children were installed in the blocks. There is also a photo stand describing the activities of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and its President Mehriban Aliyeva. Pitches were laid out and sports equipment installed in the yard of the orphanage-kindergarten. A special ground was built here in order to teach children the traffic rules./AzerTAc/ Azerbaijan`s First Lady attends opening of republican special boarding school No. ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136716.html Politics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:01:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, MP Mehriban Aliyeva on Sept. 15 has attended the opening of the republican special boarding school No.6 for children with restricted health condition in Turkan settlement of the Khazar District, Baku after reconstruction.The reconstruction of the boarding school was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.Azerbaijan`s First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the facility.Mehriban Aliyeva was informed that 175 children with speech defect were educated and living in the school. New blocks have been constructed at the boarding school and state-of-the-art equipment installed. Along with studying, children are treated here by speech therapists. The three-storey building of the school has modern classrooms, computer rooms, a library, a gym, drawing rooms, a carpet weaving room, chess rooms, a 200-seat canteen, a medical point and a 120-seat auditorium. The school also has outdoor football, basketball and volleyball grounds.Landscaping and redevelopment work was carried out here. After the reconstruction, the boarding school consists of 4 blocks, 3 outdoor open pitches and an indoor sports hall./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received former UK Secretary of State for Defence, MP Liam Fox http://www.today.az/news/politics/136715.html Politics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:17:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 15 has received former Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom, Member of the Parliament Liam Fox.During the meeting, Liam Fox said that the importance of Azerbaijan, a country with favorable geographical and geopolitical location, was growing. He presented his book to the head of state.Noting the successful political and economic development of Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev underlined with satisfaction the strengthening of Azerbaijan`s stance even further.During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the development of relations between the countries, international and regional issues. /AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the deputy head of the Russian Government http://www.today.az/news/politics/136714.html Politics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:52:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 15 has received a delegation led by deputy head of the Government of the Russian Federation, co-chair of the Russian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission Dmitry Rogozin.The head of state noted that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation were developing rapidly and successfully on all fronts, and stressed the importance of the wide discussions of the issues on the agenda of the Russian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission.Recalling with satisfaction his meeting with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Sochi, President Ilham Aliyev said that the fruitful discussions related to the development of the bilateral relations were held at that meeting. The head of state noted that currently there were good opportunities for increasing trade and further expanding economic cooperation, and expressed his confidence that the visit of the delegation led by Dmitry Rogozin to Azerbaijan would yield good results.Noting that he was accompanied by a large delegation, Dmitry Rogozin underlined the importance of the fact that it included high-ranking officials in terms of quick settlement of the issues related to the expansion of cooperation between the countries.Dmitry Rogozin said the objectives set by the heads of state at the Sochi meeting, as well as the establishment of the high-level working group for the expansion of cooperation in the energy sector and other areas of cooperation will be discussed at today`s meeting of the commission./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of a new building of school No. ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136713.html Politics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:42:00 +0500 On 15 September, a new academic year started in our country. Secondary schools and universities opened doors to pupils and students on the Day of Knowledge.Many school buildings have been built, reconstructed and overhauled this year. Newly-built school No. 124 named after Fuzuli Gozalov in Shaghan District of Baku is one of such educational facilities.The Day of Knowledge is particularly significant for teachers and students of this school as President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening of the school.President Ilham Aliyev cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the facility.Then the head of state and his wife reviewed the school. It was noted that the previous building of the school was constructed in 1961. All conditions are created in the newly-built 1,560-seat school for conducting the teaching process at a high level.President Ilham Aliyev congratulated pupils and teachers on the occasion of the new academic year.The school staff and members of the local public thanked the head of state.A photo was taken at the end of the event./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of a new buildings of schools No. 84 and No. ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136712.html Politics Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:20:00 +0500 01:20President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new building of secondary school No. 182 in Binagadi District of Baku.The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the facility.Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov informed President Ilham Aliyev about the work done.It was noted that the previous building of the school was constructed in 1962. The 800-seat school had 31 classrooms. The outdated facility was pulled down and replaced with a three-storey modern building, which has 65 classrooms. The facility will open doors to students in the new academic year. The 1300-seat school has 10 departments. All classrooms were fitted with necessary equipment and teaching aids. New heating and lighting systems are installed here. There is a modern gym and grounds for learning different sports.*************14.09.2014 23:05President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 13 has attended the opening of a new building of secondary school No. 84 in Amirjan settlement of Surakhani District, Baku.All projects featured in the State Program on the socioeconomic development of Baku and its settlements are being successfully executed. Under a plan of action, repair and reconstruction of schools has continued this year. Under a plan of action featured in the Special State Program, material and technical infrastructure of educational facilities is being strengthened. Secondary schools are revamped to the highest standards and supplied with necessary equipment in Baku as in all parts of the country ahead of the new academic year. This demonstrates the government’s attention to education.Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov informed the head of state about the work done. It was said that the school, which was constructed in 1920, initially functioned as a hospital.The outdated facility was pulled down in 2012, and a three-storey building, which meets the highest standards, was constructed in its place.The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the facility. It was noted that the 1224-seat school has 48 classrooms. The photo stands reflecting the care of national leader Heydar Aliyev to education and President Ilham Aliyev’s work towards improving educational facilities in Surakhani District to modern standards were installed in the lobby of the school.The head of state reviewed the school. All classrooms and departments were repaired in line with modern standards. The school was supplied with necessary equipment and modern teaching aids. The necessary equipment was installed in laboratories to enable pupils to apply their theoretical knowledge.The school gym attracts attention with its modernity. The auditorium of the school is well-suited for hosting various events. A military training room was created here with the aim of improving pupils’ military readiness and boosting their patriotic spirit. The modern heating and lighting systems are installed here. Landscaping and redevelopment work was carried out in the yard of the school. The school has outdoor football, basketball and volleyball grounds./AzerTAc/President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of a new building of school No. 84 in Baku President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of a new building of school No. 182 in Baku President Ilham Aliyev reviewed school-lyceum No. 72 and secondary school No. 80 in Baku - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136711.html Politics Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:12:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 13 has reviewed school-lyceum No. 72 and secondary school No. 80 in Sabunchu District of Baku.The head of state first reviewed school-lyceum No. 72 after major repair and reconstruction.The President was informed that the two-storey facility was built in 1930. It functioned as a women’s gymnasium for several years. The school’s second block was built in 1989, while the third one in 2007. Major repair and reconstruction was carried out at the school this year. Some 1,235 students receive education at the facility, which has 45 classrooms. All classrooms and departments were reconstructed to the highest standards and fitted with necessary equipment and teaching aids. Modern heating and lighting systems were installed in the school. The gym is well-suited for hosting mini-football, basketball and volleyball tournaments.? ? ?President Ilham Aliyev then reviewed the additional block of secondary school No. 80 in Sabunchu District after major repair and reconstruction.The head of state was informed about the work carried out in the school. Under instructions of President Ilham Aliyev, the three-storey 480-seat block was remodeled this year. It has 23 classrooms. The construction work was carried out in line with the highest standards.It was noted that the school was fitted with necessary equipment and teaching aids. State-of-the-art lighting and heating systems were installed here. Landscaping work was carried out, green areas created in the area adjacent to the school.The construction of new schools and additional blocks for educational institutions once again proves that educational reforms successfully continue in the country thanks to President Ilham Aliyev’s attention./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the progress of construction at the Baku White City Boulevard - ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136710.html Politics Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:52:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva on Sept. 12 have visited the Baku White City Boulevard.The head of state and his wife reviewed the progress of construction at the White City Boulevard. President Ilham Aliyev gave relevant instructions./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the French Lyceum of Baku - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136709.html Politics Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:49:00 +0500 A ceremony to open the French Lyceum of Baku has been held on Sept. 12.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.President Ilham Aliyev's attention to education proves that the development of human capital is one of the core principles of the government policy. State-of-the-art schools have been built, new blocks for educational facilities constructed in both the capital and the country's regions in the past few years. Important work has been carried out to strengthen material and technical infrastructure of schools. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has strongly supported this government program. Special attention has been paid to education of national minorities in Azerbaijan under the Foundation’s “Support for Education” project. Settlement of education-related problems of children of foreigners living in Baku has also been the focus of attention. The projects of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on this front have yielded results with the construction of the French Lyceum of Baku being one of the striking examples.The 320-seat lyceum is located on the territory of the White City. The lyceum was built in a modern architectural style. It occupies a total area of 14,000 sq.m.President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the facility. The lyceum will offer pre-school and elementary education. There will also be college and lyceum groups. One hundred students will receive education at the lyceum this academic year.A groundbreaking ceremony for the facility was held in October 2011 under the agreement on the establishment of the French Lyceum of Baku signed between the two countries' governments as part of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit. The lyceum, whose establishment was supported by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, will create ample opportunities for French-speaker foreigners temporarily or permanently residing in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani citizens to receive education in French. Teaching here will be based on a classic French 12-year secondary education plan, which also includes kindergarten. Teaching will be conducted in French in accordance with the French national education system. The certificates to be given to lyceum graduates will be recognized by the French Ministry of National Education. Graduates will have an opportunity to continue education in any university in France.French President Francois Hollande reviewed constructed progress at the lyceum when he was on an official visit to Azerbaijan this May./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received the director of the international development department at the ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136708.html Politics Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:03:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 12 has received director of the international development department at the French General Directorate for Armament Stephane Reb.During the meeting, the sides noted that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and France were developing successfully, and stressed the importance of meetings held between the heads of state in terms of the strengthening of the bilateral relations.The parties exchanged views on the issues related to cooperation opportunities in the field of defense industry./AzerTAc/ A dinner reception was hosted on behalf of Azerbaijani President and his wife in honor of ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136707.html Politics Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:12:00 +0500 10:12A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva in honor of Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak and his wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.******09:51After the ceremony of signing documents, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak on Sept. 12 made statements for the press.*****09:42After the meeting in an expanded format, on Sept. 12 the ceremony of signing Azerbaijani-Malaysian documents was held.“Joint Declaration on friendly relations and partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Malaysia” was signed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak.“Memorandum of Understanding between the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic and Petroliam Nasional Berhad company of Malaysia on cooperation in oil and gas sectors” was signed by President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic Rovnag Abdullayev and President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Petroliam Nasional Berhad company Tan Sri Dato Shamsul Azhar Abbas.“Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan (represented by ADA University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the Government of Malaysia (represented by Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on cooperation in the field of training of diplomats” was signed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and rector of ADA University Hafiz Pashayev and Director General of Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Dato Hussin Nayan.*****09:20Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak on Sept. 12 have met in an expanded format with the participation of delegations.*****09:02President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak on Sept. 12 have held a one-on-one meeting.During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations on various fronts. It was noted that there was good potential for the expansion of ties between the two countries. The importance of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s visit to Azerbaijan was emphasized. The parties expressed their confidence that the relations between the countries would continue to develop.The sides also exchanged views on international affairs and other issues of mutual interest.*****12.09.2014 18:01An official welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak, who is paying an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan, has been held.A guard of honor was arranged for the Malaysian Prime Minister in a square decorated with national flags of the two countries.The chief of the guard of honor reported to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva welcomed Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak and his spouse Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.The wife of the Malaysian Premier was presented with a bouquet of flowers.The chief of the guard of honor reported to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.National anthems of Malaysia and Azerbaijan were played.President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak reviewed the guard of honor.The Premier of Malaysia saluted Azerbaijani soldiers.State and government officials of Azerbaijan were introduced to Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak and members of the Malaysian delegation were introduced to President Ilham Aliyev.The guard of honor marched in front of the Azerbaijani President and the Malaysian Prime Minister to the accompaniment of a military march.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak posed for official photos./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak held a one-on-one meetingPresident Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak held an expanded meetingAzerbaijan-Malaysia documents were signed President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak made statements for the press President Ilham Aliyev visited the first Azerbaijan International Defense Industry Exhibition ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136706.html Politics Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:49:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited the first Azerbaijan International Defence Industry Exhibition - ADEX 2014 at Baku Expo Center.The head of state was informed that 200 companies and official delegations from 34 countries are participating in the exhibition.National groups of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Belarus, the Republic of Korea, Poland, Israel and Ukraine are demonstrating their expositions here.Some 168 types of defense products of the Ministry of Defense Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan are on display at the ADEX 2014.It was noted that the exhibition demonstrates the latest achievements of industrial enterprises, armament and military hardware of ground and naval forces, aviation and aircraft weapons, air defense systems and hardware, special hardware, information technologies, communications systems, administrative and technical supply of the army, and space technology equipment.President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the pavilions of the exhibition./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136705.html Politics Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:23:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria Sebastian Kurz.The head of state expressed satisfaction with the level of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Austria. President Ilham Aliyev stressed the importance of high-level reciprocal visits in terms of the strengthening of ties between the two countries. Touching upon the cooperation in the economic field, the head of state described participation of Austrian companies in important projects in Azerbaijan as a good example of this. President Ilham Aliyev noted that there were ample opportunities for further development of relations between the countries in political, economic, energy and other fields.Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz expressed satisfaction with his first visit to Azerbaijan. Noting that he was accompanied by a large delegation of businessmen, the Austrian Minister said the visit created good opportunities for discussing the issues related to the development of bilateral relations on various fronts, including political, economic and other spheres./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Defence Minister of Turkey http://www.today.az/news/politics/136704.html Politics Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:15:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Defence Minister of Turkey Ismet Yilmaz.The parties said Azerbaijani-Turkish friendly and brotherly relations were developing in various fields, including military and military-technical areas. The importance of the upcoming joint military exercises in terms of the expansion of ties between the Azerbaijani and Turkish armed forces was stressed during the meeting. The sides expressed their confidence that Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz’s visit would contribute to the strengthening of cooperation on this front./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili had a joint dinner - PHOTOS - UPDATED http://www.today.az/news/politics/136703.html Politics Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:05:00 +0500 After the expanded meeting, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili have had a joint dinner.*****09:29Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Sept. 11 have met in an expanded format with the participation of delegations.Saluting the Georgian delegation, President Ilham Aliyev expressed his confidence that the visit would contribute to the development of brotherly bilateral relations. The head of state said the ties between the two countries and peoples had great history, adding that the two peoples had always lived in peace and stability. President Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijan and Georgia were closely cooperating in the region. The head of state said the meeting involving the delegations would see discussions over various areas of bilateral relations. President Ilham Aliyev said ministers were maintaining close contacts in dealing with the issues of bilateral and regional cooperation.Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said he was honored to be visiting Azerbaijan. Saying that he is accompanied by a delegation for the first time, Irakli Garibashvili said Georgia and Azerbaijan were close friends, strategic partners, neighbors and brotherly countries. He noted the importance of deepening the relations.***** 07:54President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Sept. 11 have had a one-on-one meeting.The parties expressed their satisfaction with the successful development of bilateral relations between the two countries in various areas, including political, economic and energy fields.The sides noted that the Georgian Prime Minister’s visit would contribute to the expansion of relations between the two countries. The parties also expressed their confidence that Azerbaijani-Georgian ties would further develop./AzerTAc/President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili had a one-on-one meeting President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili had an expanded meeting President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili had a joint dinner President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the First Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan http://www.today.az/news/politics/136702.html Politics Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:34:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 10 has received a delegation led by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, chair of the Azerbaijan-Kyrgyzstan intergovernmental economic-humanitarian commission Tayirbek Sarpashev.First Deputy Prime Minister Tayirbek Sarpashev conveyed greetings on behalf of President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev to the head of state.During the meeting, the sides hailed the political relations between the two countries, stressed the importance of the development of cooperation in the economic, trade, humanitarian and other fields, and voiced their confidence that Tayirbek Sarpashev’s visit to Azerbaijan would contribute to the expansion of cooperation on this front.The head of state thanked for the greetings of President Almazbek Atambayev and asked Tayirbek Sarpashev to communicate his greetings to the Kyrgyz President. /AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the new office building of Baku Talents Education Complex - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136701.html Politics Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:25:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 10 has reviewed the new office building of Baku Talents Education Complex.The development of human capital using rich natural resources of Azerbaijan, which is the focus of global attention, has become a top priority. President Ilham Aliyev's attention to education proves that this important element is one of the key principles of the government policy. Thanks to the head of state's attention to the development of education, state-of-the-art schools have been built, new blocks for educational facilities constructed in both the capital and the country's regions in the past few years. Important work has been carried out to strengthen material and technical base of schools. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has strongly supported this government program. Created at the basis of the Azerbaijan International Education Center, Baku Talents Education Complex is one of such educational facilities and attracts attention with high-level conditions and state-of-the-art teaching aids. There are all conditions for organizing high-level education and teaching process here.President of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev informed the head of state about the work done. It was said that the construction of the complex started in August 2013. The facility was built to the highest standards in a short period of time.Baku Talents Education Complex is an international school of the Azerbaijan International Educational Center. There are photo stands reflecting national leader Heydar Aliyev's care for education in the lobby of the complex. Teaching here is conducted in English with the Azerbaijani language, literature, history and geography taught in Azerbaijani. Some 600 pupils will initially receive education at the 1,200-seat complex. The complex offers classes for children of different ages from three-year-olds to pre-school, elementary and secondary school and pre-university students.Pupils of the first four classes and three classes from the 2nd to 8th grades each will have the opportunity to get high-level education here.Teaching at an 80-seat new-type kindergarten is conducted in Azerbaijan and English languages. New methods are used here to teach the basics of mathematics to children. Special vehicles are used in the complex to transport children. Children at the kindergarten are aged between 3 and 4. Five-year-olds take preparatory courses for the first grade. There are 30 classrooms fitted with all necessary equipment and teaching aids, a library, a 300-seat auditorium, meetings halls, teachers' offices, laboratories, an indoor gym, two swimming pools, playgrounds, a canteen, a medical center, computer rooms, and non-educational facilities here. Teaching will be conducted by one teacher and one assistant in all classes. Teachers include foreign citizens with international teaching experience, while assistants are local teachers having excellent command of English.A total of 38 foreign and 28 local teachers will be employed at the complex.  Curriculum at Baku Talents Education Complex is based on the national curriculum of England and Wales, together with the Azerbaijani curriculum.A student-teacher-parent interactive network was created at the complex allowing parents to receive interactive information about their children's achievements, performance, behavior, as well as their homework.The fact that the teaching process here is based on a teacher-student collaboration, the application of modern teaching strategies and flexible assessment mechanisms, children's effective use of information and communication technologies paves the way for increasing the quality of education. The library of the complex has rich collection of educational and informative resources. Landscaping and construction work was carried out in the yard of the complex.Baku Talents Education Complex is a new-type educational institution offering rich international education for talented students both in Baku and all regions of Azerbaijan./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Defence Minister of Israel http://www.today.az/news/politics/136700.html Politics Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:20:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 10 has received a delegation led by Defence Minister of Israel Moshe Ya’alon, who is visiting Baku to attend the first Azerbaijan International Defence Industry exhibition “ADEX2014”.During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the issues related to bilateral and military-technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and Israel./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia http://www.today.az/news/politics/136699.html Politics Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:16:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 10 has received a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dacic.The head of state expressed his satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia. President Ilham Aliyev voiced his confidence that Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic's visit to Azerbaijan would contribute to the expansion of cooperation between the two countries even further.Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said it was his first visit to Azerbaijan as Foreign Minister. The Minister noted that there was a mutual interest in raising the ties between the friendly countries and peoples to a higher level. Ivica Dacic said his country was interested in developing relations with Azerbaijan in cultural, humanitarian and other fields such as political and economic areas./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev reviewed schools No. 32 and No. 12 in Baku - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136698.html Politics Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:02:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept.10 has reviewed schools No. 32 and No. 12 in Nizami District of Baku.Continuous work is successfully carried out to reconstruct educational facilities and build new schools and kindergartens under a plan of action featured in the special State Program on the socioeconomic development of Baku and its settlements.Secondary schools are revamped to the highest standards and supplied with necessary equipment, landscaping work is carried out and new green areas created on the territory of educational facilities in the capital, adjacent settlements and all parts of the country. Important work is also being done to strengthen material and technical infrastructure of schools.President Ilham Aliyev first reviewed secondary school No. 32 after major repair and reconstruction. Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov informed the head of state about the work done. It was noted that there were 1,050 pupils in the four-storey school. All classrooms and departments of the school were repaired in line with modern standards, provided with necessary equipment and teaching aids ahead of the new academic year. Heating and lighting systems were reconstructed in line with the highest standards too. A 640-seat additional block will be built next year. The head of state reviewed the classrooms of the school.President Ilham Aliyev then visited secondary school No. 12.The head of state was informed of the repair and reconstruction work here. It was said that the school was built in 1974 on the initiative of national leader Heydar Aliyev, who also participated in its opening.There are 43 classrooms in the four-storey school. Some 1,200 pupils are studying at the school. An additional 240-seat block will be built here for the next academic year. All classrooms and departments were repaired in line with modern standards and state-of-the-art heating and lighting systems installed here.The head of state reviewed conditions created at the school. /AzerTAc/ Azerbaijani first lady Mehriban Aliyeva inspects construction progress at Baku Olympic Stadium http://www.today.az/news/politics/136697.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:48:00 +0500 Azerbaijani first lady, chair of the Baku-2015 European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva has inspected the construction progress at the Baku Olympic Stadium.The first lady was told that large part of the construction, which started in June 2011, had already been completed.She was also updated on what had been in the interior of the stadium.The Baku Olympic Stadium, capacity up to 69,000, will be in fine, modern style and will take pride of place among the capital’s sports facilities. Multipurpose stands, a running track and other facilities will be included. The construction will be in accordance with the International Building Code, as well as those of UEFA and FIFA.The stadium, which will be the largest in the Caucasus, will stretch across 50 hectares, and it will stand approximately 62 metres high. There will be a press centre and a swimming pool.The facility will consist of the main and auxiliary stadiums, an auxiliary building, as well as sections for VIP, CIP, media and disabled spectators. The pitch will have four entrance gates, while the stands will have 26 gates. A 3,103-capacity car park will be built on the territory. A 82,000 square meter green area will be laid out around the stadium./AzerTAc/ Austrian FM to visit Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/136696.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:21:00 +0500 Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on Sept.11-12.During the visit, Kurz is expected to meet with Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend./Trend/ Turkish police start special operation on drug dealers’ detention http://www.today.az/news/regions/136695.html World news Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:19:00 +0500 The Turkish police have started a special operation on detention of drug dealers in the southern province of Adana, the Anadolu agency said Sept.10.The special operation involves more than 500 police officers, the agency said. It is also reported that some 20 people were arrested in the operation.The minimum age of drug addicts in the country is 13, while the maximum is 65, the average age of drug users in Turkey is 36, according to official data of the state body of Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction of Turkey (TUB?M).The TUB?M report also says that there are 2.9% of 15-24 year-old drug users in Turkey, 2.8% of 25-44 year-old ones and 2.3% of 45-64 year-old ones.More than 5,214 persons in Turkey have been treated for drug addiction in 2013, according to TUB?M. There are 22 treatment centers for drug addiction in the country.The report also said that some 18 percent of those arrested in Turkey are drug dealers and drug users whose number is 23,738 persons in the country.Some 316,466 persons have been detained for the consumption and sale of drugs in the last four years in Istanbul./Trend/ Georgia officially has first lady http://www.today.az/news/regions/136694.html World news Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:15:00 +0500 Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili officially married his common-law wife Maka Chichua Sept. 10.Chichua told reporters that the wedding took place in Dusheti, in eastern Georgia, where the Georgian president has his own home.Giorgi Margvelashvili and Maka Chichua have lived together for many years./Trend/ OSCE Minsk group to talk over Armenia's withdrawal from Azerbaijani lands http://www.today.az/news/politics/136693.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:12:00 +0500 OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will visit Azerbaijan next week and the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the Azerbaijani territories will be the main topic of discussions, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said on Sept.10.He made the remarks during the joint press conference with Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in Baku.French President Francois Hollande has put forward a proposal to arrange a meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents. Currently, the date and program of the meeting are being fixed, according to the minister.Mammadyarov emphasized the need to start discussions on the peace agreement to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and pointed out the necessity of withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijan's occupied territories.He went on to add that it is expected to hold meetings with Minsk Group co-chairs, as well as with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian during the UN General Assembly session in New York.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/ Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan discuss implementation of investment projects http://www.today.az/news/business/136692.html Business Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:11:00 +0500 Kyrgyzstan is interested in strengthening cooperation with Azerbaijan in agriculture, Kabar news agency reported on September 10.Kyrgyzstan's First Vice Prime Minister Taiyrbek Sarpashev met with the president of Azersun Holding Abdulbari Goozal in Baku within the second Kyrgyz-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental commission on trade-economic, scientific technical and cultural cooperation.During the meeting Sarpashev stressed that the government of Kyrgyzstan is interested in further strengthening cooperation with Azersun Holding and is ready to create all necessary conditions for attracting investments in the processing industry, as well as the introduction of advanced technologies in the production of agricultural products."We need to use the opportunities for effective implementation of joint projects in agriculture, production of honey and organic vegetables and fruits", Sarpashev said.Goozal stressed that Azersun Holding is interested in expanding cooperation with Kyrgyzstan, particularly in agriculture."We are ready to continue to cooperate and establish close ties in all areas of agriculture in Kyrgyzstan. Your country has great potential for the development of the agricultural sector ", he said./Trend/ Serbia’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict important for Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/136691.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:09:00 +0500 Serbia's position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is significant for Azerbaijan, as this country will take over the OSCE presidency in 2015, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said on Sept.10.He made the remarks at the press conference following the meeting with Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic who is on an official visit to Azerbaijan.Mammadyarov stressed that Azerbaijani-Serbian relations are at the high level, adding that the two countries mutually support their territorial integrity and sovereignty in the international arena.The minister went on to add that Azerbaijan provided Serbia with a loan worth of 300 million euros to finance the construction of a road section in the central part of Serbia running from Ljig to Prelina.The loan was allocated for a 15-year period, with a grace period of three years and with an annual interest rate of four percent.Azerbaijan also intends to speed up holding the next meeting of Azerbaijan-Serbia intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation./Trend/ Red Cross holds discussions with Azerbaijani and Armenian parties on taking hostage http://www.today.az/news/analytics/136690.html Analytics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:06:00 +0500 The International Committee of the Red Cross visited the 15-year old citizen of Azerbaijan detained earlier in Nagorno-Karabakh, and handed the information received from him over to his family, the head of Public Relations Department of Azerbaijani representation of the ICRC Ilakha Huseynova told Trend Sept.10.Huseynova noted that the ICRC is holding talks with the parties of the conflict, but they are not disclosed."His transfer depends on the agreement of the parties. If there is an agreement to return the detainee and the other party agrees to accept it and the detainee himself agrees to return, then the ICRC takes part in the return operation as a neutral mediator. Upon completion of the operation the committee speaks with a relevant application," Huseynova said.The minor resident Mammadov Javid Samir oglu (born in 1999) was taken hostage by separatists near the village of Chayli in the Tartar district.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/ EU attaches importance to development of relations with Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/136688.html Business Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:48:00 +0500 Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev met with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, the ministry said Sept. 9.Mustafayev stressed that the relations between Azerbaijan and the EU are being successfully developed and Azerbaijan is a trusted partner of the EU in the energy security of Europe. He also stressed that a number of projects were implemented in the energy sector. At the same time, the work is underway to update the legal framework. The agreements on visa facilitation and readmission have entered into force since September 1, 2014.The information about the economy of Azerbaijan was disseminated at the meeting. The minister stressed that as a result of the occupation policy of Armenia, 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory is under occupation. He stressed that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a huge obstacle to the development of cooperation in the region. It prevents opening the full potential of the region.Fule appreciated the socio-economic development in Azerbaijan and stressed that the EU attaches importance to the development of the relations with the country./Trend/ SOCAR announces Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli production volume http://www.today.az/news/business/136687.html Business Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:46:00 +0500 Around 345 million metric tons of oil and 100 billion cubic meters of gas have been extracted since the beginning of developing the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of oil and gas fields, SOCAR first vice-president Khoshbakht Yusifzade said at the international conference "Caspian shelf" in Baku Sept. 9.As of September 1, 2014, around 185 million metric tons of Azerbaijan's profit oil was sold.Yusifzade said that around 22.3 million metric tons of 32.7 million metric tons of oil extracted at the ACG block accounted for Azerbaijan's profit oil in 2013."The average daily production volume at the field is 90,000 metric tons of oil and 35 million cubic meters of gas," he added.The contract on Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli large offshore field development was signed in 1994. The term of the agreement is 30 years. The proved oil reserves in this block are about 1 billion metric tons.The share holding in the contract is distributed as follows: BP (operator in the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli) - 35.78 percent, Chevron - 11.27 percent, Inpex - 10.96 percent, AzACG - 11.65 percent, Statoil - 8.56 percent, Exxon - 8 percent, TPAO - 6.75 percent, Itocu - 4.3 percent and ONGC - 2.72 percent./Trend/ DIPLOMATIC POUCH: Interview with Irfan Siddiq, Britain’s ambassador to Baku - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136686.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:28:00 +0500 There needs to be a return of the occupied territories, British ambassador saysIn a private interview with Trend news agency and Azernews, the British ambassador to Baku discussed a number of issues of interest to Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom, touching upon Formula One Grand Prix car racing, to politics and international terrorism.Claude Salhani: I understand you have just returned from a tour to Gabala and Shaki. Can you tell us a little about that?Ambassador Siddiq: This was my first visit to those two cities and part of a general policy I have to get out and about to see as much of Azerbaijan as I can, so I had two days in those two cities.Seeing the representatives of society, media figures, business figures, civil society and just trying to get to know the place. And I was very impressed by the beauty of Shaki and its historical and cultural richness and also the dynamism of Gabala with the amount of investment going on there. And I was particularly pleased to take part in a Gabala football club training session, because I am a big fan of football. So it was a great tripQ: Can you tell us a little bit more of what you hope to accomplish in terms of bringing British companies to do business here in Azerbaijan?A: Britain is the biggest foreign investor in Azerbaijan, but most of our investment is in the energy sector because of BP's presence and all the other British companies that work with them and I am really keen to have the UK support to the president's vision of a diversified and more dynamic Azerbaijani economy. So I have been trying to work with British companies and their Azerbaijani counterparts to identify new areas in which British companies can support Azerbaijan's development and I am optimistic that will be a successful project.Q: Where do you currently place Azerbaijani-British relations?A: I think the relations are fantastic. So just today, [Friday, Sept. 6] I hope that the prime minister and President Aliyev could be meeting in the margins of the NATO summit [in Scotland], and this will be one of several meetings they have had in the last year or so.As I said we are one of the strongest economic partners of Azerbaijan, through the major investment here. We support Azerbaijan's development, we have many, many similarities in our foreign policy, in our approach to Afghanistan, and we have great cooperation on counterterrorism and religious extremism. There is a great deal of cooperation. And on Ukraine and the Russian challenge, the Middle East. There are many areas in which we cooperate. So I am very positive about this productive relationship and look forward to it deepening and intensifying further.Q: What would you regard as your greatest challenge as ambassador of the United Kingdom?A: I think really taking our relationship to the next level because we have such a strong set of cooperation in so many areas. There is a lot going on. So finding new areas to in which to cooperate can be a challenge. But also ensuring that the dialogue that we have on issues relating to human rights doesn't cloud or create impediment to all of the wonderful areas of cooperation that we are able to successfully take forward.Q: What are your thoughts on Nagorno-Karabakh?A: It's a great shame that there was a conflict that led to the loss of so many lives. In Gabala, last week, I went to visit an IDP settlement and speak to representative of the 300 families who are living there. I heard their heart rending stories about the pain and suffering they had to endure, the dislocation and loss that they suffered from their homes and the fact that they cant visit the graves of their ancestors. I really understand the pain and suffering this is caused.The UK's position is one that supports the international community's efforts, led by the Minsk Group, to reach a just and peaceful resolution, as soon as possible. As part of that resolution we strongly believe it means that there needs to be a return of the occupied territories, assigning Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan, and that there should be free expression of will about the status of Nagorno-Karabakh.It's a great shame that we have not seen progress on this issue in recent years. I think that is down to the political will needed on the side of the two parties, to face the difficult comprises which everybody understands is not going to be easy, that they need to make to reach a resolution. There is not going to be any imposition of a solution from the international community of one side or the other. There needs to be an agreed compromise to try to end this longstanding and painful conflict.Q: Do you see that happening anytime in the near future?A: I hope it will happen. I must confess that the rhetoric that we have been hearing on both sides has not been encouraging, as it only exacerbates and polarizes different positions.It increases hatred for the other and what we need in this time is understanding of the other. I know this is a difficult thing to ask for in this heated environment when people say why should we understand people who kill our neighbors and take our land, but for there to be any resolution that is what will be required, and its what we have seen through history.Q: What is your take on ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? Your prime minister stated recently that he saw them as a real threat to the UK.A: Absolutely, we see it as a real threat to the region, to the world and to the UK. That is why we raised our threat levels in the UK, because unfortunately we have this phenomenon of people from the UK and other parts of the world of people traveling to Syria and Iraq to take part in this violent campaign, which really is only sowing discord and chaos.We think this is a very disturbing development. We think that the international community needs to get together to find a way to tackle this challenge. We think the governments in Syria and Iraq also have a very important role to play. At this moment in time it's worth stressing that the fact that there is this presence of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is not a coincidence. It has developed in Syria and Iraq partly as a result of the failing of those governments, particularly in Syria where the regime of Bashar Assad in some ways quite explicitly and deliberately facilitate this phenomenon so as to create a bogey man, an enemy, so that we in the West will see as being worse than Bashar and then, therefore as some are now suggesting, will try to do some Faustian devilish pact with them.As my foreign minister, Philip Hammond, is being very clear that not what we are here to do. Just because IS is a huge threat, doesn't mean we ignore the hugely damaging role the Syrian regime has played, not only in taking the lives of 200,000 people, but in creating the space and encouraging the formation of this Islamic State group. It should be remembered that al-Qaida in Iraq, the forbearer of this group, was very much supported in 2003 and 2004 by the Syrian government to help facilitate the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq. This is very much a Syrian regime creation, one that unfortunately former governments in Iraq also facilitated through their divisive sectarian policies. We hope that the new government in Iraq will take a more inclusive approach that enables Sunni communities in Iraq to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. And we very much see the responsibility for dealing with this lays at the Syrian government's feet as well.Q: What role do you see Azerbaijan playing in securing regional stability?A: I think Azerbaijan is playing a positive role. The model that it is able to demonstrate of a secular, multicultural, religiously tolerant country, I think particularly being a Shi'a majority state, this is a very powerful example that it sends.This is something that we hope will be an example that others will follow, will show that inclusion, respect, diversity, rather than exclusion, discord and hatred is what we should be encouraging to create peace and stability in the world.My concern is that the sectarian discord in the region is threatening to also find an appearance in other countries and we know that there are many Azerbaijanis who have traveled to Syria to fight on either one side or the other and I think the government here is doing a good job in trying to discourage that.But this brings me back to the original point of what was the root of the uprising in Syria? It was dissatisfaction with governance.Q: Is there anything else you would like to mention?A: It's a fantastic country that is dynamic and exciting which is merging onto the world scene. I am looking forward next year to the holding of the European Games and the Formula One Grand Prix the following year. My hope is that Azerbaijan will be able to portray a successful positive image to the world, there are so many positive images to share about Azerbaijan. So I hope that the government here will take the policies that will support its overall objectives of promoting Azerbaijan as a model of success and development in this part of the world./Trend/ President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by EU Commissioner for Enlargement and ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136685.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:58:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule.During the meeting, the parties expressed satisfaction with the development of cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the European Union.The sides exchanged views on the expansion of cooperation within the Eastern Partnership programme, settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the issues related to the development of ties between Azerbaijan and the European Union on various fronts, including political, economic, energy and other fields./AzerTAc/ Georgian PM to pay official visit to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/136684.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:59:00 +0500 Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on Sept. 11.After the official welcoming ceremony at the airport in Baku, Garibashvili will hold meetings with the leadership of the country, the Georgian government said.The meetings in an expanded format between the governmental delegations of the two countries are planned to be held as part of the two-day visit.The Georgian delegation will leave Azerbaijan on Sept. 12.The Georgian governmental delegation includes Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze, Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri, Agriculture Minister Otar Danelia, Adviser to the Prime Minister Savalan Mirzayev, MPs Zurab Tkemaladze and Mahir Darziyev./Trend/ OSCE MG expects Azerbaijani, French, Armenian presidents to meet in October http://www.today.az/news/politics/136683.html Politics Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:58:00 +0500 U.S Secretary of State John Kerry held a productive meeting with Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan as part of the NATO summit in Wales, U.S co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told Trend."The Secretary had a productive discussion with the presidents to better understand the sides' positions and encourage the sides to take steps towards peace," he said."The Secretary urged the presidents to respect the ceasefire and de-escalate tensions along the line of contact, and both presidents reaffirmed their commitment to resolving the conflict peacefully," Warlick said.He stressed that additionally, the Secretary urged the presidents to enter into a formal negotiation process to make progress on a lasting settlement."We have a lot of work to do in the months ahead to advance our mutual goal of bringing peace to the people of the region, and the Secretary's meeting helped to clarify where to focus our efforts," he said.Warlick said that the OSCE Minsk Group expects a trilateral meeting among the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and France to be held in Paris in late October."We hope that the presidents will come to Paris ready to hold constructive talks," he said.He added that only when the sides demonstrate that they are truly ready for peace will there finally be a resolution to the conflict."The OSCE Minsk Group will exhaust all efforts to help the sides reach a lasting settlement through the Minsk Group, but we cannot impose a solution," Warlick said. "Ultimately, a settlement requires political will on both sides."California State Senate passed a resolution calling for recognition of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.Warlick stressed that the U.S. Constitution empowers the federal government to conduct foreign policy."State governments and legislatures have the right to issue non-binding statements on foreign affairs, but they do not represent U.S. policy," he said.California Senate passed a resolution, which is of an anti-Azerbaijani nature, Aug. 27."The anti-Azerbaijani resolution AJR 32 on Nagorno-Karabakh has been on the agenda of the California State Senate for some time," the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles said."From the very beginning, a number of serious measures were undertaken by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles to counter the resolution. These measures included, inter alia, sending letters of protest to all senators, holding numerous meetings with them, thus explaining the bias and flaw of the AJR 32, its contradiction to America's stated foreign policy and national interests, as well as the fact that this racist resolution justified ethnic cleansing and illegal occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia," he added.In spite of all the pressure by this ethnic lobby on senators using threats, blackmail and other means, 17 out of 40 senators refused to vote for the resolution Aug. 27, according to the statement.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/ President Ilham Aliyev received the Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova http://www.today.az/news/politics/136682.html Politics Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:50:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova Natalia Gherman.During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with high-level bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Moldova, and stressed the importance of mutual support within various international organizations.The parties exchanged views on the issues related to the development of cooperation between the two countries in various areas, including the implementation of economic, trade, agricultural and infrastructure projects and other fields./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev reviewed secondary school No. ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136681.html Politics Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:46:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed secondary school No. 153 in Yasamal District of Baku after major repair and reconstruction.All projects featured in the State Program on the socioeconomic development of Baku and its settlements are being successfully executed. In accordance with a plan of action featured in the Special State Program, material and technical infrastructure of secondary schools and educational facilities is being strengthened. Secondary schools are revamped to the highest standards and supplied with necessary equipment in the capital as in all parts of the country ahead of the new academic year. This demonstrates the head of state’s attention to education.Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov informed the head of state about the work done. It was said that the 4-storey facility had three blocks. Photo stands reflecting the national leader’s care to education and President Ilham Aliyev's work to improve educational facilities in Yasamal District to modern standards were set up in the lobby of the school. Reconstruction of the school began last October with high-quality work carried out. The 1500-seat school has 80 classrooms and 6 departments. There are now 700 pupils at the school and teaching here is conducted in Azerbaijani and Russian sections in one shift. Two gyms, an auditorium, a library, computer, labor training and medical rooms were created here. All classrooms and departments were fitted with necessary equipment and teaching aids. State-of-the-art air conditioning and lighting systems were installed here. Landscaping and redevelopment work was carried out in the yard of the school.After reviewing the school the head of state posed for photographs together with its teaching staff. /AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev received the newly-appointed Ambassadors of Lithuania, Norway and ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136680.html Politics Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:30:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received the credentials of the newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Lastauskas.The Ambassador reviewed the guard of honor.Ambassador Valdas Lastauskas handed his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev.President Ilham Aliyev had a conversation with the Lithuanian Ambassador.The parties expressed their satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Lithuania and stressed the importance of reciprocal visits in terms of the strengthening of these ties.It was noted that there were good opportunities for the expansion of relations in bilateral and multilateral formats.The parties exchanged views over the development of cooperation between the two countries in political and economic fields and in international organizations, including the European Union and NATO.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received the credentials of Norway's newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Bard Ivar Svendsen.Ambassador Bard Ivar Svendsen reviewed the guard of honor.Bard Ivar Svendsen handed his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev.President Ilham Aliyev then had a conversation with the Ambassador.Saying that the bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Kingdom of Norway were satisfactory in general, President Ilham Aliyev expressed his confidence that Ambassador Bard Ivar Svendsen's tenure would see this cooperation further develop. Saying that long-term energy relations between the two countries were successfully developing, President Ilham Aliyev noted that there was mutual interest in deepening this cooperation in the non-energy sector too.  Ambassador Bard Ivar Svendsen emphasized the importance of long-term active cooperation in the energy sector. The Norwegian Ambassador said he would spare no efforts to ensure the broadening of the bilateral relations during his diplomatic tenure in Azerbaijan.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received the credentials of Malaysia’s newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Dato’ Roslan Bin Tan Sri Abdul Rahman.Ambassador Dato’ Roslan Bin Tan Sri Abdul Rahman reviewed the guard of honor. The Ambassador handed his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev.The Azerbaijani President had a conversation with the diplomat.The Ambassador extended the greetings on behalf of the 14th Supreme Lord and Prime Minister of Malaysia to the head of state.The parties noted the importance of mutual interest in expanding Azerbaijani-Malaysian relations, and said there were good opportunities for the development of bilateral ties in various areas. The sides emphasized the significance of successful cooperation in the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.The issues related to the development of the bilateral ties in the economic, energy and other fields were discussed during the conversation.President Ilham Aliyev thanked the diplomat for the greetings of the 14th Supreme Lord and Prime Minister of Malaysia and asked the Ambassador to communicate his greetings to the head of state and Prime Minister./AzerTAc/President Ilham Aliyev received the newly-appointed Lithuanian Ambassador President Ilham Aliyev received the newly-appointed Norwegian Ambassador President Ilham Aliyev received the newly-appointed Malaysian Ambassador Macedonia offers customs, tax privileges to investors from Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/136678.html Business Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:23:00 +0500 Macedonia stands ready to provide the most favorable conditions to attract Azerbaijani and Turkish investors to its market, Macedonian Vice-Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski said Sept. 8.Stavreski made the remarks at a meeting in Baku with the members of the Azerbaijan International Society of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAB).He said Macedonia is one of the European countries with a steadily growing economy. The economic growth since early 2014 was 3.9 percent.The construction sector and industry are the main forces driving the country's economic development.Among the major projects currently being realized in Macedonia, Stavreski pointed out the projects on construction of three motorways and a railway to Bulgaria."Foreign investments also play an important role in the country's economic development. Today, the companies of Azerbaijan and Turkey are making investments in the country's economy, and similar steps are being taken by the Macedonian companies," Stavreski said.He went on to add that on Sept. 9, Baku will host a business forum, which will focus on economic cooperation.Stavreski noted that during the forum business sector will also get acquainted with the opportunities offered by Macedonia for the development cooperation.Macedonian vice-prime minister also spoke about the benefits that are currently being offered to foreign investors in Macedonia.He said one of the privileges offered by Macedonia, given certain conditions, include the tax and customs privileges."The corporate taxes in the country stand at 10 percent. If the companies invest again, this percentage will be set to zero. Income tax also stands at 10 percent. Moreover, these terms apply throughout the country," Stavreski stressed.He added that his country has a free economic zone, the members of which are also exempt from taxes.Stavreski said the taxes for investors will be set at zero in case if their products will also go for exports, aside from being delivered to the domestic market.Currently, according to Stavreski, the investors have the opportunity to export their products to Europe, Asia, the U.S., as well as Turkey and Ukraine.Macedonia has a free trade agreement with all countries of Europe, including Turkey and Ukraine. In this case, the exported products are not subject to customs duties.Stavreski also spoke about the wide opportunities for cooperation in the tourism sector.The existing mechanisms, related to customs and tax benefits, also apply to the investors in the tourism sector./Trend/ Energy security important to define sovereignty, independence of EU partners http://www.today.az/news/politics/136677.html Politics Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:16:00 +0500 Energy security is one of the important issues to define sovereignty and independence of the EU partners, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule said Sept. 9.He made the remarks at the opining of the fourth informal meeting of the EU Eastern Partnership members' foreign ministers in Baku.Fule said the outcome of the informal meeting could be and should be strengthening the positions of Eastern partners, in particular Ukraine.A confrontation between some regions and the central government has been going on in Ukraine for several months already."We will talk about inclusiveness which is another key feature of eastern partnership as we remain committed to advance eastern partnership of six partner countries," Fule added.He went on to add that all these six countries are equally important for the EU, adding that their independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity are very important.Fule also expressed hope that after the meeting there will be a better understanding of what the EU wants on one side and what can be done jointly to bring peace and stability to the region.The fourth informal meeting of the EU Eastern Partnership members' foreign ministers kicked off in Baku on Sept. 9.The meeting's main objectives include expanding the partnership within the EU and discussing the progress made since the last year's summit in Vilnius.It is projected to hold a press conference following the meeting.The informal meeting is being attended by the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, EU Deputy High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Helga Schmidt, and FMs of Georgia and Moldova, and deputy FMs of Belarus and Ukraine./Trend/