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Korea's total suspected COVID-19 cases surpass 3 million http://www.today.az/news/regions/220663.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 23:09:00 +0400 By TrendNorth Korea reported over 115,000 new suspected COVID-19 cases Wednesday, with the total number of fever cases surpassing 3 million, Trend reports citing Yonhap News Agency.More than 115,970 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.The death toll remained the same at 68 as the North claimed to have no additional deaths reported for the second consecutive day.The total number of fever cases since late April stood at more than 3.06 million as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, of which more than 2.74 million have recovered and at least 323,330 are being treated, it added.The daily fever tally has gradually dropped in recent days, with new cases staying below 200,000 for the fourth consecutive day after peaking at over 392,920 on May 15. Nike leaves Russia http://www.today.az/news/regions/220662.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 22:48:00 +0400 By TrendNike did not renew the franchise agreement with Inventive Retail Group (IRG), which owns Russia's largest single-brand chain of stores of Nike, says a letter from IRG President Tikhon Smykov to the company's employees, Trend reports according to "Vedomosti".He explains this decision by the fact that Nike cannot organize deliveries of goods to Russia "in the foreseeable future". "As inventory is depleted, IRG will be forced to close all of its stores under this brand," writes Smykov.IRG PR director Lyudmila Semushina confirmed that the supply of Nike products was suspended, and the goods themselves were in short supply. “In the current realities, we cannot continue to support the work of mono-brand stores and will be forced to close them,” she said.The non-renewal of the agreement with IRG as a whole may mean Nike's exit from the Russian market, Marina Malakhatko, director of the Core.XP retail department, believes. In March 2022, the company already stated that it "cannot guarantee the delivery of goods to customers in Russia." ?t stopped deliveries, the operation of the Russian online store and delivery to the region, and also temporarily closed all stores under direct control. From March to May, the number of Nike single-brand stores in Russia has already dropped from 116 to 56, according to the company's official website. Of these, 19 are temporarily closed. Quad more influential today, a force for good in Indo-Pacific region - Indian PM http://www.today.az/news/regions/220661.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 22:13:00 +0400 By TrendThe increased coordination between members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, is ensuring peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific, and the grouping has a constructive agenda that strengthens its image as a “force for good”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, Trend reports citing The Hindustan Times.In his opening remarks at the second in-person Quad Leaders Summit in Tokyo, Modi said the Quad has made an important place for itself on the global stage in a very short time. “Today, the scope of the Quad has increased and it is more influential,” he said.“Despite the difficult circumstances of Covid-19, we have increased mutual coordination in several areas such as vaccine delivery, climate action, supply chain resilience, disaster response and economic cooperation,” Modi said, speaking in Hindi.“This is ensuring peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The Quad is moving forward with a constructive agenda for the Indo-Pacific region. This will continue to strengthen the image of the Quad as a force for good,” he said, flanked by US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.The mutual trust and determination between the Quad members are giving “democratic forces a new energy and enthusiasm”, Modi noted, adding “at the Quad level, mutual cooperation is encouraging a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, which is a shared objective for all of us.”Unlike the other Quad leaders, Modi made no mention of the Ukraine crisis in his opening remarks.Differences have emerged among the Quad members over the conflict in Ukraine, with the US, Australia and Japan being extremely critical of Russia’s aggression that has had a major impact on the security architecture of Europe.India has consistently called for an end to hostilities in Ukraine and a return to diplomacy and dialogue. Ahead of Modi’s visit to Japan for the Quad Summit, foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said India’s partners appreciated and understood the country’s policy on the Ukraine crisis. Germany orders 40,000 vaccine doses as precaution against monkeypox spread http://www.today.az/news/regions/220660.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 21:44:00 +0400 By TrendGermany has ordered 40,000 doses of a Bavarian Nordic (BAVA.CO) vaccine to be ready to vaccinate contacts of those infected with monkeypox if an outbreak in Germany becomes more severe, but officials are banking on other precautionary measures for now, Trend reports citing Reuters.Speaking at a press conference, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Tuesday that measures such as an isolation period of at least 21 days recommended for infected people would suffice for now to contain the outbreak."If infections spread further we will want to be prepared for possible ring vaccinations that are not yet recommended at this point but might become necessary," said Lauterbach, referring to the strategy of vaccinating contacts of an infected person.He said the outbreak of monkeypox could be contained and did not signal the start of a new pandemic, adding that early intervention can prevent the pathogen from becoming firmly established in communities.So far, five cases have been registered in Germany, all men, said Lothar Wieler, the head of Germany's Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases, also speaking at the press conference. Liverpool head coach Klopp voted LMA Manager of the Year http://www.today.az/news/regions/220659.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 21:18:00 +0400 By TrendLiverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was named League Managers Association (LMA) Manager of the Year on Tuesday, winning the annual English award for the second time, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The German coach led his team to second place in the English Premier League, just one point behind Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.In addition, the Reds have won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season, and will play Real Madrid in the Champions League final this Saturday.Klopp was first named LMA Manager of the Year after the 2019-20 season, in which his Liverpool side lifted the club's first league title in 30 years. Uzbekistan to expand oil and gas production http://www.today.az/news/regions/220658.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 20:51:00 +0400 By TrendPresident of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting to discuss the issues of expanding oil and gas production and production, Trend reports citing Kun.uz.The country’s development strategy defines goals for the liberalization of the economy and the transformation of leading industries. In particular, transformation processes have begun in the oil and gas sector, the presidential press service reported.At the meeting, the President drew attention to the issues of transformation and stressed the need to accelerate this process. Tasks were set to attract international consultants, determine strategic approaches, and ensure transparency of accounting mechanisms in the oil and gas industry.In addition, measures have been identified for the financial recovery of enterprises, reducing costs by increasing operational efficiency, and creating a management system based on the best international practices.The President also gave specific instructions to industry leaders regarding ensuring uninterrupted supply of the population and enterprises with fuel and energy resources.Measures have been identified to eliminate losses with the full implementation of an automated system for monitoring and accounting for natural gas consumption. The importance of saving resources and stimulating the use of alternative energy sources have been indicated. Iran reveals COVID-19 data for May 25 http://www.today.az/news/regions/220657.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 20:17:00 +0400 By TrendAs many as 293 people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours in Iran, reads the statement of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Trend reports.In addition, 5 people have died from the coronavirus over the past day.At the same time, the condition of 626 people remains critical.So far, more than 52 million tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.In total, about 150 million doses of vaccines have been used in Iran so far. A total of 64.5 million doses have been used in the first stage, 57.8 million doses - in the second stage, and 27.4 million doses – in the third stage.Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from Iranian officials, over 7.23 million people have been infected, and 141,293 people have already died.Meanwhile, over 7.03 million people have reportedly recovered from the disease. The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread of the virus.Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease. The Islamic Republic announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Kyrgyzstan resumes rail passenger traffic to Russia http://www.today.az/news/regions/220656.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 19:48:00 +0400 By TrendKyrgyz Temir Zholu announces the resumption of international rail passenger traffic from Kyrgyzstan to Russia starting from June 6, 2022, Trend reports with the reference to the press service of Kyrgyz Temir Zholu.The resumption of rail passenger traffic is planned on the following routes:Bishkek - Kazan: starting from June 6, 2022 on Mondays, once a week;Bishkek - Samara: from June 8, 2022 on Wednesdays and Fridays, twice a week;Bishkek - Novosibirsk: starting from June 9, 2022, once every eight days."We kindly ask citizens to read the rules of crossing the state borders of Russia and Kazakhstan in international passenger trains in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations," the message says. Q1 2022: Turkey, Russia are top destinations for Georgian travellers http://www.today.az/news/regions/220655.html World news Wed, 25 May 2022 19:19:00 +0400 By TrendA total of 261,400 Georgian resident travellers took a trip outside of the country in the first quarter of 2022 with most of these trips being made to Turkey (102,800) and Russia (26,300), show the latest data from the National Statistics Office of Georgia, Trend reports with reference to Agenda.The next most in demand destinations were EU member countries (12.4 percent), Ukraine (1.9 percent) and Azerbaijan (1.2 percent).Georgian residents spent ?285.1 million (about $99.69m/€93.39m) while travelling abroad in Q1 of 2022. The average expenditure of the visit amounted to ?1,318.8 (about $461.12/€432.01).Georgians spent the highest amount of money on shopping (113.7 million GEL), followed by foods and drinks (93.3 million GEL) and accommodation (39.3 million GEL).Visiting friends/relatives was the most common reason for travel outside Georgia, while the top reasons for visiting other countries included:Visiting friends/relatives – 67,400 visits (31.2%)Shopping – 65,900 visits (30.5%)Business – 42,900 visits (19.8%)Holiday/Leisure/Recreation – 25,400 visits (11.7%)Health and medical care – 6,900 visits (3.2%)Other – 7,700 visits (3.6%)In Q1 of 2022 the average number of nights spent during the outbound visits was 6.4 nights.Meanwhile, 95.5 percent of outbound visits were repeat visits, said Geostat.The majority of outbound visits (47.6 percent) belonged to the visitors of age group of 31-50 years. The number of visits made by women equalled to 41.4 percent of the total number of visits. Ujal Hagverdiyev's art to be shown at YARAT http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/220669.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 25 May 2022 19:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsYARAT Contemporary Art Space presents the works of Azerbaijani artist Ujal Hagverdiyev in the solo retrospective exhibition Conversation in Presence ("Mövcudluqda ünsiyy?t") at the Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI Centuries.It is the first time YARAT Contemporary Art Space has presented a large-scale exhibition of works created by Azerbaijani artist Ujal Hagverdiyev at the Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI Centuries. Featuring paintings, etudes, album sketches, poems, personal belongings, and photographs from private and state collections, the exhibition accounts for around 250 works of art and graphics that encompass the entirety of his oeuvre. Most works are presented to the public for the first time.Conversation in Presence transfuses Ujal's idea of "presence in space": illustrating all aspects of his oeuvre, it enables the spectator to engage in a sort of silent "dialogue" with the artist. Although he passed away, the exposition is built on the concept of contemplation and observation of the space by the artist himself. This very presence enables us to sense Ujal's "existence": touching upon his inner domain, the exhibition reflects on the aspects of his personality and work and also pictures him as a great colour stylist and connoisseur of arts, always in search of something hitherto unknown.Ujal Hagverdiyev, who set out on his way in the 1980s, is famous for his artistic searches and experiments in various genres and schools of art. Apart from day-to-day topics (people, animals, nature, objects, etc.), his works, which are abundant visually and thematically, allude heavily to imagination and dreams, oriental philosophy, and religious topics.Through his searches, Ujal created a unique visual language with an inimitable style and went down in the history of art as an artist renowned for his unmatched versatility. He spent the last five years of his life painting frescoes at the Church of Michael the Archangel in Baku. His wife, Yelena Hagverdiyeva, also an artist, completed his work after his demise.The exhibition is curated by Farah Alakbarli.Venue: Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI CenturiesDates: May 26 – October 16Free admission, COVID passport is requiredUjal Hagverdiyev (1960-2004) is a member of the Hagverdiyev family of artists. Having graduated from the Azim Azimzade Art School in 1979, he continued his education at the Azerbaijan Pedagogical Institute. After the death of Hasan Hagverdiyev, his father, he considered Kamal Ahmadi and Sanan Gurbanov his mentors. Ujal Hagverdiyev drew inspiration from Italian renaissance art, modernistic styles such as neo-impressionism, cubism, and fauvism, and the Qajar art school. Ujal Hagverdiyev's works were showcased in Russia, Georgia, UAE, France, Tunisia, Austria, Germany, and Turkey; his masterpieces are kept in private collections across the USA, Austria, Germany, Finland, and Russia. Awards held for winners of 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics among ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/220654.html Sports Wed, 25 May 2022 18:49:00 +0400 By TrendThe ceremony of awarding the winners of 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics in individual program among gymnasts in age categories "pre-juniors" (born in 2008-2010) and "juniors" (2005-2007) was held at the Baku Olympic Sports Complex, Trend reports.Maryam Topchubashova won the gold medal (17.883 points), Fidan Ibrahimova won silver medal (17.233 points), Aylin Guliyeva won the bronze medal (17.000 points) in "pre-juniors" age category.Dilara Gurbanova (19.399 points) took the first place, followed by Sanam Kazimova (18.516 points) and Sara Alikhanli (18.299 points). All three athletes represent the "Ojag" sports club.The Baku Olympic Sports Complex hosts the 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics on May 25. Heydar Aliyev Foundation to organize presentation of new carpets, "AFFFAIR in ... http://www.today.az/news/society/220653.html Society Wed, 25 May 2022 18:32:00 +0400 By TrendA presentation of new carpets and a defile of costumes created based on motifs of the carpets will be held with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Trend reports via the fund.According to the fund, the presentation, which will be held on June 3 at the Heydar Aliyev Center, will demonstrate new carpets created "Azerkhalcha OJSC" based on the design developed by the AFFFAIR brand’s founder Rufat Ismayil - "Achma-yumma", "Karabakh", "Nakhchivan", "Ovchuluq", and "Paziriq", as well as "Sumakh" clothing collection.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which supports the preservation and development of the school of carpet weaving in Azerbaijan, as well as its popularization in the world, has organized a number of projects and exhibitions in this direction in the country and abroad.The "AFFFAIR in Carpets" show will feature a defile of nearly 50 clothes from the "Sumakh Haute Couture" and "Sumakh Affordable Luxury" collections. The "Sumakh Haute Couture" collection has already been shown in Paris and Moscow, and "Sumakh Affordable Luxury" will be presented in Baku for the first time.The aim of the project, inspired by Azerbaijani carpets, in particular the Karabakh school of carpet weaving, is to preserve historical traditions. Azerbaijan, Estonia eye multifaceted cooperation, regional issues http://www.today.az/news/politics/220667.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 18:31:00 +0400 By AzernewsForeign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Estonian Parliament Speaker Juri Ratas have discussed multifaceted cooperation and regional issues on May 25, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.Welcoming the guests, Bayramov stressed that Azerbaijan highly appreciates the development of cordial relations with Estonia.The minister underlined the active interaction, including the reciprocal parliamentary visits that both countries have been involved in recently.The sides exchanged views on prospects of cooperation in a number of areas, including economic, information technology, environmental, humanitarian, and other fields. The potential for collaboration in the domains of information technology, education, and alternative energy was particularly emphasized.Furthermore, Bayramov briefed Ratas on the post-conflict situation in the region, demining by Azerbaijan of its liberated lands, extensive restoration, and construction work in the region, steps taken to normalize relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as the latest meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders in Brussels.The minister noted that 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries (the period which has been associated with a number of successes in the development of relations) and expressed interest in further development of cooperation.Ratas described his visit to Azerbaijan as “very productive”, pointing to his meeting with the Azerbaijani president and his visit to Shusha. He praised the two nations' historical relations and congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on May 28 - Independence Day.Speaker Ratas said that Estonia has always backed Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and that his nation is committed to regional peace.The sides also discussed Azerbaijan's relations with the European Union, regional issues, including the situation in Ukraine, and other issues of mutual interest. Participants of Azerbaijan, Baku Aerobic Gymnastics Championships include very promising young ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/220644.html Sports Wed, 25 May 2022 18:17:00 +0400 By TrendParticipants of the 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics include very promising young people, head coach of the Azerbaijani team in aerobic gymnastics Marian Kolev told Trend."I’m glad that many young athletes participate in the Azerbaijan and Baku Championships. This is a good indicator. There are promising young people who need time to develop their abilities, and in the future, they will be able to show good results not only in local competitions but also in international competitions. I hope that every year the number of participants will grow," Kolev said.The head coach emphasized that the members of the national team will take part in the World competitions among age groups (June 10–12), and then in the Aerobic Gymnastics World Championship (June 16–18), which will be held in the city of Guimarães (Portugal)."I hope that our gymnasts will complete the entire program without faults and mistakes. I won't talk about what places we can take - sport is the sport, and it’s difficult to predict the results in competitions," he noted. "It’s important that the athletes perform well. Of course, the team performing in the airodance program must defend my title, because it’s the world champion. The team has changed, new gymnasts have entered it, and they will perform with a new program.""Mixed pair of Vladimir Dolmatov and Medina Mustafayeva will fight for the license for the European Games. I hope they take it, which is very important for us," added Kolev.The 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics is being held at Baku Olympic Sports Complex.Some 80 gymnasts from “Ojaq” Sport Club, “Zirve” Sports Complex, “Grace” Sports Complex and Sumgait Olympic Sports Complex are competing for medals at these competitions.At the Baku Championship, athletes are taking part in the Age Categories of youngsters (born in 2014-2015), children (born in 2011-2013), pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010) and juniors (born in 2005-2007), while pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010), juniors (born in 2005-2007) and seniors (born in 2004 and older) will perform at the Azerbaijan Championship.According to the relevant Age Categories, gymnasts will compete in the Individual program within Mixed Pairs, Trios and Groups. Azerbaijani defense chief meets CEO of Turkish Baykar drone company ahead of major event http://www.today.az/news/politics/220652.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 18:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijani Defense Minister Col-Gen Zakir Hasanov has received the Turkish Baykar drone company’s Technical Director Selcuk Bayraktar on May 25, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.Welcoming the guest, Hasanov stated that the two nations' military cooperation is based on friendly and brotherly ties that are constantly growing and strengthening.Hasanov emphasized the importance of such meetings in terms of developing mutual cooperation, stating that friendly relations between the two nations play an essential role in the development of bilateral relations.The importance of holding the TEKNOFEST Azerbaijan festival in Baku in 2022 was also stressed at the meeting.The sides exchanged views on the current state and prospects of military-technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey.Azerbaijan procures Turkish military drones from the Baykar company. Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles proved highly effective during the 44-day war with Armenia in 2020.Earlier, the international media headlines described it as a "game-changer" with its spectacular performance in the second Karabakh war.Azerbaijan will host the TEKNOFEST International Aviation, Space, and Technology Festival from May 26 to 29.The event will feature air shows, demonstration flights by Azerbaijani Air Forces Su-25 attack aircraft, and MiG-29 multi-role fighter aircraft, as well as Turkish Stars F-5 fighter planes and Solo Turk F-16 aerobatic demonstration teams, Hurkush Fighter trainer aircraft, and ATAK helicopters.The festival is organized by the Azerbaijani Digital Development and Transport Ministry. At the same time, the TEKNOFEST production office operates in Baku, of which full staff consists of Azerbaijani specialists.The event has been organized yearly since 2018, with the Turkish Technology Team Foundation, which is controlled by the Turkish Industry and Technology Ministry and Baykar Makina's technical director in cooperation with around 60 Turkish state institutions, universities, and private firms.The festival's goal is to popularize areas like aviation, space industry, and the digital economy, encourage entrepreneurship in these fields, identify the knowledge and skills of young engineers through competitions held within the festival's framework, and present national technologies to the general public. Azerbaijani Parliament publishes agenda of next meeting http://www.today.az/news/society/220651.html Society Wed, 25 May 2022 18:06:00 +0400 By TrendThe agenda of the next meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament (Milli Majlis), which will be held on May 27, has been published, Trend reports.The agenda of the meeting includes the following issues:1. Draft law on amendments to the law "On the establishment of orders and medals of Azerbaijan Republic" in connection with the establishment of medal "For excellence in environmental protection" (third reading).2. Draft law on amendments to the Administrative Procedure Code of Azerbaijan Republic (third reading).3. Draft law of Azerbaijan Republic on amendments to the Law "On information, informatization and protection of information" (third reading).4. Draft law on amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of Azerbaijan Republic (third reading).5. Draft law on amendments to the laws of Azerbaijan Republic "On the protection of public health", "On private medical activity", "On lotteries" and "On physical culture and sports" (third reading).6. Draft law on amendments to the law of Azerbaijan Republic "On the rational use of energy resources and energy efficiency" (third reading).7. Draft law on amendments to the Town Planning and Construction Code of Azerbaijan Republic, laws of Azerbaijan Republic "On Electricity", "On Gas Supply", "On Energy", "On the Safety of Hydraulic Structures" and "On Ensuring the Uniformity of Measurements" (third reading).8. Draft law on amendments to the Law of Azerbaijan Republic "On electric power industry" (second reading).9. Draft law on amendments to the laws of Azerbaijan Republic "On the regulation of inspections in the sphere of entrepreneurship and protection of the interests of entrepreneurs" and "On the suspension of inspections in the sphere of entrepreneurship" (second reading).10. Draft law on amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of Azerbaijan Republic (second reading);11. Draft law on amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan (first reading).12. Draft law on amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations (first reading).13. Draft law on amendments to the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On the protection of public health", "On the list of items not allowed for civil circulation (excluded from civil circulation)", "On the list of items that may belong to certain participants in civil circulation and allowed for circulation (limited civil circulation) on the basis of a special permit”, “On Combating Human Trafficking in Beings” and “On Advertising” (first reading).14. Draft law on amendments to the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On the Alat Free Economic Zone" (first reading).15. Draft law on amendments to the Civil Code, the Migration Code of Azerbaijan Republic, the laws "On fire safety", "On the bowels of the Earth", "On fishing", "On technical safety", "On protection of atmospheric air", "On Tobacco and Tobacco Products", "On Telecommunications", "On Breeding Livestock Production", "On Natural Medical Resources, Health Resorts and Resorts", "On Cotton Growing" and "On Ensuring Intellectual Property Rights and Combating Piracy" (first reading ).16. Draft law on amendments to the law of Azerbaijan Republic "On individual accounting in the state social insurance system" (first reading).17. Draft law on amendments to the law of Azerbaijan Republic "On Encumbrance of Movable Property" (first reading). First belated meeting: Unpacking the DD arrangements http://www.today.az/news/politics/220650.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Orkhan AmashovOne of the truly tangible and easily identifiable results of the 22 May Brussels meeting focused on the border issue. Baku and Yerevan, through the good offices of the EU, agreed to proceed with the first joint meeting of the border commissions as a matter of unflinching urgency. Two days later, on 24 May, the very first convocation involving the participation of the Deputy Prime Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia took place.DD agendaThe delimitation and demarcation (DD issue) of the interstate border is a critical component of the normalisation between the two parties and constitutes a vital ingredient as a larger precursor to a future peace treaty. All the results achieved by the joint work of the border commissions, and concords agreed upon, will then be translated into the provisions of a prospective comprehensive deal.To use the technical language of international law, as seen under the guise of the OSCE guidelines, “delimitation of the boundary” is legal formalisation in a treaty of the state boundary between adjoining states, whose position is graphically plotted on the topographic map and duly defined in its corresponding written description, whereupon the map and the description may become an integral part of the treaty or its annex. This slightly circumlocutory definition says it all.At present, as it may be ascertained from the text of the post-meeting statement that the focus is on delimitation as the initial stage, and thereafter the parties will be able to move into the demarcation phase, where the delimitation maps will be translated to the ground.Functional frameworkEuropean Council President Charles Michel’s post-meeting speech specified the two segments of the commission’s functional scope, addressing all questions related to delimitation of the border and ensuring stability. Demarcation is not touched upon, due to the obvious exigency of the present phase.To this effect, Azerbaijan has mostly appeared to emphasise the delimitation part of the commission’s mandate, whereas Armenia has viewed the entity as a joint watchdog reporting on border security and rectifying deviations. The 22 May meeting has provided extra clarity as to what the joint work of the commissions is supposed to achieve.Belated developmentThe inaugural meeting on the state border was undoubtedly a belated development. On 6 April, the sides agreed to establish border commissions to address security issues and delimitation matters. The first meeting should have been convened by 29 April, but nothing eventuated. The meeting scheduled to take place on 16-17 May was also cancelled. Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of the Armenian Security Council, justified this by citing Baku’s refusal to consider the “final determination of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh”, entailed in Yerevan’s “six-point package”.On the day the commissions convened, Charles Michel warmly welcomed the development, describing it as tangible progress. It was also agreed that the next two consecutive meetings will take place in Moscow and Brussels.There has never been a properly delimited and demarcated state border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Between 1918-20, the two nations were at war. During the Soviet age, what one conditionally may call a “partial delimitation” was carried out, but the borderline was never demarcated, as both countries were part of the one sovereign entity, and the practical need was less than pronounced.The May 2021 incidents around the Sev Lidj (Qaragol) in the Syunik region (Western Zangazur) have again raised the importance of full delimitation and demarcation of the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.It is unclear with what degree of honesty Yerevan is committed to fixing the interstate border issue. One of the aims of the ongoing protests currently engulfing Armenia is to ensure that the government makes no plausible movement towards a peace deal. It is beyond doubt that Pashinyan's administration is given to wavering between different options under pressure.The DD agenda also entails elements related to the thorny exclave subject, in relation to which the parties have been at loggerheads for some considerable time. Baku and Yerevan see the subject differently. The former believes that control over exclaves is to be transferred; the latter is of the opinion the existing control regime is to be preserved.The latest trilateral meeting in Brussels has given renewed impetus to the negotiations. The border commission’s latest meeting is a case in point. Now that momentum has been re-engendered, it is vital that it is not slackened, like a slipping noose that ultimately strangles.The ongoing peace-resistance demonstrations entrapping Yerevan, and the incumbent government’s vacillation, together with other external influences, form a major stumbling block on the way to an even more decisive breakthrough that will be for the greater good of all. Baku said to hand Armenian private over to Yerevan amid efforts toward making peace http://www.today.az/news/politics/220664.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 17:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsAhmad Shahidov, Coordinator for the Information Center for Azerbaijani Captives and Hostages, has said that Baku will return an Armenian serviceman soon, Azernews reports.The talk is about Armenian private Eduard Martirosov, who was detained by the Azerbaijani border guards, while crossing the state border in Zangilan region on April 23.On May 25, at a government hour in parliament, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan claimed that Azerbaijan is holding 39 Armenian citizens and Yerevan demands the resolution of this humanitarian issue without any preconditions."We now have accurate data that there are 39 prisoners in Azerbaijan. It will be most effective if the international community uses pressure to have our citizens returned," he said.Armenia seeks the return of all detainees from Azerbaijan. Yerevan has repeatedly stressed that their return is a priority issue at a time when the parties are in talks to make peace in the region.Baku claims that all Armenian citizens, who were captured during the hostilities in the conflict zone in Karabakh late in 2020 were returned and only "terrorists and saboteurs" are being held. Carpet Museum marks Museum Day http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/220643.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 25 May 2022 17:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe National Carpet Museum has marked International Museum Day with multiple events, Azernews reports.The photo exhibition "Talking Monuments" opened at the museum as part of the celebration. The main goal of the exhibition was to encourage young people to protect their cultural heritage and to draw their attention to this issue.In their remarks, the director of the Carpet Museum, Shirin Malikova, the head of the Museum and Movable Cultural Heritage Sector, Altun Mikayilli, the director of Yeni Gallery Baku Art Center, Rafael Gulmammadov, art critic Elchin Shamilli, architect, art critic Elchin Aliyev the importance of preserving historical monuments.The exhibition featured photos of museums and historical and cultural monuments destroyed during the Armenian occupation of Karabakh. The students of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, majoring in museology, archival work, and protection of monuments, informed the guests about the monuments in the photos.In addition, master classes on hemp were held with Honored Artist Yelelena Hagverdiyeva and textile stained glass with Honored Artist Taryer Bashirov.An interesting and entertaining quest game was organized for the little guests of the museum. They were shown a puppet show "Flying Carpet" staged by the Carpet Museum's Children's Department on the occasion of the Year of Shusha.The fairy tale "Flying Carpet" was created by the museum staff and members of the "Children's Union" operating under the museum.Founded in 1967, the National Carpet Museum never ceases to amaze everyone with its beautiful architecture.Initiated by eminent carpet artist Latif Karimov, it is beautiful inside and out. The museum's new building is designed in the form of a rolled carpet.The Carpet Museum stores over 14,000 exhibits of the finest Azerbaijani carpets.The museum hosts multiple events, including international symposiums, conferences, and various exhibitions.In 2019, the museum received the national status for its significant contribution to the popularization and promotion of the Azerbaijani Carpet Weaving Art.In 2020, the Carpet Museum enriched its collection with beautiful pile carpets purchased by the Culture Ministry at the Sartirana Textile Show in Italy.The 19th-century Guba carpet Ugakh was donated to the Carpet Museum, while the Karabakh carpet Chalabi enriched the collection of the museum's Shusha branch.The Carpet Museum also focuses on cooperation with world-leading museum organizations.Moreover, the Carpet Museum won Travelers' Choice Awards for the fourth time in a row. On the phone, Azerbaijani, Kazakh top diplomats discuss co-op, regional issues http://www.today.az/news/politics/220642.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 17:36:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijani and Kazakh Foreign Ministers Jeyhun Bayramov and Mukhtar Tleuberdi respectively have discussed cooperation and regional issues, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.In a phone conversation on May 25, the ministers exchanged views on the broad bilateral cooperation agenda between the two countries. At the same time, the issues of cooperation on multilateral platforms were touched upon, the ministry said.The sides exchanged views on regional issues, especially in the economic, transport, and logistics sectors, as well as other issues of mutual interest.Earlier, Kazakh Ambassador to Azerbaijan Serzhan Abdykarimov stated that new opportunities are opening up to strengthen Azerbaijan as a regional center."New opportunities are opening up that will strengthen Azerbaijan's regional role in the post-conflict period. In this sense, the Zangazur corridor opens new doors for economic cooperation," he said.Some experts are of the opinion that Kazakhstan is willing to use international transport routes passing through Azerbaijan.Azerbaijani Center for Analysis of International Relations Board Chairman Farid Shafiyev said that the importance of the Middle Corridor [Trans-Caspian International Transport Route] is growing due to the current geopolitical situation in the region."The Middle Corridor - the route from China to Europe, plays a big role in the current agenda. The importance of this project is growing, especially in connection with the current geopolitical situation in the region," he added.Noting that the agreements on the simplification of customs procedures between the two countries had already been signed, Shafiyev also stressed that close cooperation between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan should be actively developed.Diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were established on August 30, 1992. The Kazakh Embassy in Azerbaijan was opened on January 9, 1993, and the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Kazakhstan on March 1, 2004.Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are cooperating in various sectors of the economy. The volume of foreign trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $135.7 million in 2021.Currently, over 500 companies with Azerbaijani capital are registered in Kazakhstan, and about 60 companies with Kazakh capital in Azerbaijan.The main export products from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan are mineral resources (oil and gas), chemical raw materials, grain, barley, tobacco products, carbon steel rolling, and electrical equipment. Azerbaijan exports petroleum products extracted from bituminous materials, ethylene polymers, components for machines and mechanisms, prefabricated buildings, etc. to Kazakhstan. Cadenza Orchestra shines at Mugham Center http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/220638.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 25 May 2022 17:34:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Cadenza Contemporary Orchestra has performed a concert at the International Mugham Center.The concert was held within the "Memory" program dedicated to Azerbaijan's Independence Day, Azernews reports.The Cadenza Orchestra thrilled the audience with the works by Asaf Zeynalli, Ertogrul Javid, Khayyam Mirzazada, Javanshir Guliyev, and Said Gani.Ertogrol Javid's piano compositions were performed by the orchestra for the first time at the initiative of the composer Turkar Gasimzade.Notably, Ertogrul Javid (1919-1943) was the son of a prominent poet and playwright Huseyn Javid. He was a well-known artist, poet, and composer.His teacher, the founder of Azerbaijani classical music Uzeyir Hajibayli, considered Ertogrul one of his best and most talented students. During his lifetime, Ertogrol Javid created 9 variations, a poem for violin and piano, 3 preludes, one sonata as well as two children's miniatures, "Nakhchivan Landscapes", and portraits of Shakespeare, Beethoven, etc.Together with the prominent national singer Bulbul, he participated in expeditions to collect folklore in regions. 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Some 223 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.Totally, up until now, 13,712,980 vaccine doses were administered, 5,346,518 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4,847,988 people - the second dose, 3,273,494 people - the third dose and the next doses.Some 244,980 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19. Azerbaijan continues to employ martyr family members, war veterans http://www.today.az/news/society/220641.html Society Wed, 25 May 2022 17:19:00 +0400 The State Employment Agency under the Labour and Social Security Ministry continues to involve martyrs' family members and war veterans in the self-employment program, Azernews reports.In the past week, about 100 people of these categories were involved in the program. At the initial stage, they were provided with training to acquire knowledge and skills on how to organize and manage small businesses. After the training, they were provided with assets in the form of goods, materials, and equipment needed to establish small family farms and businesses in their chosen economic activity. With these assets, they create small businesses mainly in the agriculture, manufacturing, and services spheres.After the end of the 44-day war, on President Ilham Aliyev's instructions, the Labour and Social Security Ministry has been carrying out large-scale measures of social support to members of martyrs’ families, war veterans, and civilians affected by the Armenian aggression. One of the directions of these measures is to create conditions for their access to small businesses through a self-employment program.Last year, about 4,300 young people were involved in the self-employment program and created small businesses. The number of people involved in the self-employment program increased by 13.8 times to 16,232 last year.Over the past four years and in the first quarter of this year, more than 44,000 people were involved in the program and created small farms and businesses.The paid public works program, which increases employment opportunities for the unemployed and job seekers, has also expanded significantly. Some 56,000 people have been employed through the program.Within this framework, employment measures were also taken with regard to 11,000 martyrs’ family members and disabled war veterans. Half of them were involved in self-employment programs and were given the opportunity to start small family farms.Additionally, more than 2,000 martyr family members and disabled war veterans were hired within the framework of the employment marathon.The ministry takes consistent measures to provide social support to vulnerable groups of the population, including martyr families, war veterans, and civilians affected by the war.Social support measures taken by Azerbaijan’s Labor and Social Security Ministry covered more than 30,000 citizens, including members of martyrs’ families, war veterans, and civilians affected by the Armenian aggression since the end of the 44-day war with Armenia in November 2020. Azerbaijan confirms 9 more COVID-19 case, 5 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/220648.html Society Wed, 25 May 2022 17:12:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected nine new COVID-19 case, five patients have recovered, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 792,732 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 782,969 of them have recovered, and 9,710 people have died. Currently, 53 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 3,290 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 6,880,431 tests have been conducted so far. Baku holds award ceremony for winners of 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/220640.html Sports Wed, 25 May 2022 17:07:00 +0400 By TrendThe ceremony of awarding the winners and of the 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics in the individual programs among gymnasts in the "children" age category (born in 2011-2013) was held at Baku Olympic Sports Complex, Trend reports.Ayan Aghayeva took the first place in "children" age category, Maryam Aliyeva - the second, Gyamar Aghagulu - the third. All three gymnasts represent the "Ojag Sport" club.The Baku Olympic Sports Complex hosts the 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics on May 25.Some 80 gymnasts from “Ojaq” Sport Club, “Zirve” Sports Complex, “Grace” Sports Complex and Sumgait Olympic Sports Complex are competing for medals at these competitions.At the Baku Championship, athletes are taking part in the Age Categories of youngsters (born in 2014-2015), children (born in 2011-2013), pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010) and juniors (born in 2005-2007), while pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010), juniors (born in 2005-2007) and seniors (born in 2004 and older) will perform at the Azerbaijan Championship.According to the relevant Age Categories, gymnasts will compete in the Individual program within Mixed Pairs, Trios and Groups. Hopes remain high as Baku, Yerevan get into practicability of biting issues to make peace http://www.today.az/news/politics/220645.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 17:00:00 +0400 By Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani and Armenian Deputy Prime Ministers Shahin Mustafayev and Mher Grigoryan respectively, who are also chairs of the border commissions simultaneously set up on 23 May following the third Brussels meeting between the two leaders, held their first meeting on 24 May to chart a course of action toward a future peace deal, Azernews reports.Experts familiar with the nearly 30-year-long conflict viewed the move as a solid step toward a future peace deal.Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev and his Armenian counterpart Mher Grigoryan held their first meeting in this format without the involvement of foreign intermediaries, raising hopes for the signing of a future peace treaty between the two countries after 30 years of conflict.“The parties reaffirmed their readiness to work within the framework of the commission on delimitation and other issues. Organizational and procedural issues of joint activities of the commission were discussed,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said.In addition to meetings at the interstate border, the sides agreed to convene further commission meetings in a variety of locations, including the second one in Moscow and the third one in Brussels.On May 25, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko confirmed that the second meeting of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border delimitation commissions will be held in Moscow, the TASS agency reported."We hope that it will be held next week," Rudenko said.This arrangement of the forthcoming round of talks in Moscow and Brussels is viewed as a balancing act between the two leading intermediaries with whom these two South Caucasus nations want to preserve good relations.EU Council President Charles Michel, who is actively involved in the Azerbaijan-Armenia peace negotiations, praised the first meeting of the border commissions, describing it as "tangible progress" following the leaders' third Brussels summit.“Warmly welcome first meeting of Border Commissions held today on Armenia-Azerbaijan border to advance discussions on delimitation of the inter-state border and how best to ensure stable situation. Tangible progress following the trilateral meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan," Michel tweeted.On the other hand, France, as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, indicated support for the European Union-mediated peace negotiations in Brussels on May 22 between the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement."France reaffirms its support for the dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan under the auspices of the EU and will contribute to this dialogue," the ministry added.Furthermore, in a telephone conversation with Pashinyan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered assistance with border delimitation and demarcation efforts, Azernews reports, citing the US Department of State.Mentioning the positive momentum toward peace in the South Caucasus, Blinken encouraged the progress to develop regional transportation and communication links.He emphasized the significance of continuing bilateral communication to address difficulties in the South Caucasus and underlined the United States' support for talks between President Aliyev and Prime Minister Pashinyan through the mediation of the EU.Blinken underlined his country’s willingness to assist Armenia and Azerbaijan in finding a long-term comprehensive peace by engaging bilaterally and with like-minded allies, including via the United States' mission as an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair. Blinken emphasized the need for normalizing Armenian-Turkish ties in securing peace, stability, and development in the region. AFW Int'l and local brands present bold fashion looks http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/220637.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 25 May 2022 16:44:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani and international brands Volskaya, Aisha, Inju, Azizli Kids Collection, and Princess Amira have presented their collections at the Azerbaijani Fashion Week 2022.Designers offer schoolchildren and teenagers both casual fashionable clothes, elegant dresses, and sets for various holidays, Azernews reports.The adult show opened with a collection from the DÄBZ brand. Elnara de Birbuet, the founder of the brand, stylist, influencer, and creator of her own fashion school Style Me, added bright juicy colors to her collection. Pantsuits with accentuated waists and loose-fitting blazers, short skirts and shorts combined with masculine cut shirts - everything in the DÄBZ collection is made in bright colors - from juicy green to scarlet and sunny yellow.On this day, Kazakhstan was presented by na_mi_lab and Lariya School with a futuristic and bold collection where purple, orange, and black prevail.Tajikistan presented the best collections of its designers that previously took part in the Tajikistan Fashion Week.Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan Fakhriya Khalafova presented her new collection on the podium. The collection was called Bella Rosa (Beautiful Rose) inspired by different shades of rose flowers.Fakhriya Khalafova presented the new collection in collaboration with the Italian jewelry brand Spoleto Gioielli.The mood of the collection of the Kazakh brand Guli was created by the fabrics used by the designer, in particular, delicate velvet in warm shades. The designer added a traditional twist to her collection using prints and different cuts.Gunel Ismayilova and her brand GNL closed the second day of the 12th season of Azerbaijan Fashion Week with a collection of evening dresses.Recall that the main theme of the 12th season of the Azerbaijani Fashion Week was the idea of ??friendship between peoples and the world.The 12th season of the fashion show gathered talented designers from Azerbaijan, Turkiye, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.The phrase "We are Together" has been chosen as the main motto of the 12th season of the Azerbaijani Fashion Week.The fashionistas had a great chance to meet once again and, most importantly, to convey the ideas of friendship and peace through creativity.The theme of friendship between peoples and respect for the national traditions of different countries was reflected in the colors of the main visual of this season. For the design of posters, invitations, and gifts, artists and graphic designers used all the colors of the flags of the participating countries.Photo credits: Adil YusifovMedia partners of the event are Azernews.az, Media Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.Az. Azerbaijan repatriates two kids from Iraq http://www.today.az/news/politics/220636.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 16:27:00 +0400 Azerbaijan has repatriated two children, who were kept in an Iraqi penitentiary, via the Baghdad-Istanbul-Baku route on May 25, Azernews reports, citing the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.As a result of the coordinated and phased measures taken by the Azerbaijani government, the children managed to return home.Initially, their Azerbaijani citizenship was established. Following that, the Azerbaijani embassy in Iraq organized the children’s repatriation by providing them with ID cards and flight tickets.Azerbaijan's Consulate General in Istanbul provided a quick passage for them at the airport.Upon arrival in Azerbaijan, the repatriates underwent the necessary medical examination and were placed in the appropriate institution for reintegration and rehabilitation. It is planned to hand them over to their relatives after the completion of the relevant procedures, the ministry stressed.The ministry described the repatriation process as a clear example of the state's care for its citizens and another humane step of this kind.So far, the number of Azerbaijani citizens repatriated from Iraq, including 288 children and two women, has reached a total of 290 people. Azerbaijani president approves defense co-operation deal with Latvia http://www.today.az/news/politics/220639.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 16:23:00 +0400 Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree approving the 'Agreement on defense cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia'.Will be updated Azerbaijani president congrats Georgian counterpart on independence day http://www.today.az/news/politics/220635.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 16:09:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev sent a congratulatory letter to Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili on the occasion of this country’s national holiday - Independence Day.Will be updated Award ceremony held for winners of Baku Aerobic Gymnastics Championship among youngsters in ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/220633.html Sports Wed, 25 May 2022 16:03:00 +0400 By TrendThe ceremony of awarding winners of the 6th Baku Championship in Aerobic Gymnastics among gymnasts in the specified age category (aged 8 and below) in individual program has been held at Baku Olympic Sports Complex, Trend reports.In the mentioned age category among girls, Madina Ibrahimli rose to the highest step of the podium, Melisa Mustafazade took the second place, Leyla Mahmudova took the third step of the podium. All of the gymnasts represent the "Ojag Sport" club.The 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics is being held at Baku Olympic Sports Complex.Some 80 gymnasts from “Ojaq” Sport Club, “Zirve” Sports Complex, “Grace” Sports Complex and Sumgait Olympic Sports Complex are competing for medals at these competitions.At the Baku Championship, athletes are taking part in the Age Categories of youngsters (born in 2014-2015), children (born in 2011-2013), pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010) and juniors (born in 2005-2007), while pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010), juniors (born in 2005-2007) and seniors (born in 2004 and older) will perform at the Azerbaijan Championship.According to the relevant Age Categories, gymnasts will compete in the Individual program within Mixed Pairs, Trios and Groups. Palestinian leader congratulates Azerbaijani president on independence day http://www.today.az/news/politics/220634.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 16:00:00 +0400 President of the State of Palestine, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Mahmoud Abbas has sent a congratulatory letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan.Will be updated Davos mulls high potential of Azerbaijan's renewable energy sources http://www.today.az/news/business/220632.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 15:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijan's high potential for renewable energy sources was discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Azernews reports with reference to Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov's official Twitter page."The working lunch on 'Oil and Gas' was held within the framework of the Davos World Economic Forum (@wef). During the dinner we talked about the possibility of using renewable energy in all sectors of the economy, based on principles of green energy space, the impact of regional processes on energy markets, the importance of the transition to a safe, as well as the sustainable energy system and the high potential of renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan," the minister wrote.By the way, one of the president's strategic goals for the country's energy development is the use of alternative energy sources. Renewable energy currently accounts for 17 percent of total energy production in the country. The goal is to raise the percentage to 30 percent by 2030.The potential of renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan is 27,000 MW, including 3,000 MW in wind energy, 23,000 MW in solar energy, 380 MW in biomass energy, and 520 MW in the energy of mountain rivers.Azerbaijan has ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and committed to achieving a quantitative target of a 35-percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. Baku, Brussels mull joint projects implementation http://www.today.az/news/business/220631.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 15:28:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijan and Belgium have discussed the implementation of joint projects and establishment of enterprises, Azernews reports.The discussion took place during the meeting between Azerbaijan's Agency for Small and Medium Business Development board chairman Orkhan Mammadov with Belgium's Chamber of Commerce director-general Wouter Van Gulck.During the meeting, the parties discussed the promotion of cooperation between business networks, expansion of institutional cooperation, organization of business missions, and exchange of information on business projects.Representatives of Azerbaijan’s Small and Medium Business Development Agency are on a visit to Belgium to study the experience of EU countries in the field of SMBs and to expand relations with specialized organizations.Orkhan Mammadov also held a meeting with Belgian Flanders Investment and Trade Agency commercial director Dirk Van Steerteghem.They exchanged views on organizing business missions of Belgian small and medium businesses and startups to Azerbaijan, creating networks of SMBs, as well as the participation of entrepreneurs and startups in various events in Azerbaijan and Belgium.Earlier, Agency’s Board Chairman Orkhan Mammadov held a meeting with Business Europe Deputy Director-General Luisa Santos, SME United Crafts and SMEs in Europe Secretary-General Veronica Williams, EUROCHAMBERS Director-General Ben Butters, and representatives of EU4Business.The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Belgium amounted to $91.4 million in 2021. Azerbaijan plans opening permanent tourist offices in Turkish cities http://www.today.az/news/business/220624.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 15:11:00 +0400 By TrendIt is planned to open permanent tourist offices of Azerbaijan in the Turkish capital Ankara, also in Istanbul, State Tourism Agency's Chairman Advisor Kanan Guluzade told Trend.According to Guluzade, the state agency intends to open tourist offices in a number of countries and establish cooperation with partner companies from different countries."It was planned to open permanent tourism offices of Azerbaijan in Turkey and Kazakhstan, before coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which are members of the Organization of Turkic States.,” he noted.“Turkey is one of the biggest priority markets for us. Negotiations are currently underway to open a permanent tourism office of Azerbaijan in Ankara or Istanbul, or in both of these cities," Guluzade added. Azerbaijan to expand access of employers to necessary personnel - state agency http://www.today.az/news/society/220630.html Society Wed, 25 May 2022 14:56:00 +0400 By TrendEmployers' access to the personnel they need will be expanded in Azerbaijan, Chairman of the Board at the State Employment Agency under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of Azerbaijan Mustafa Abbasbayli said at a round table dedicated to discussing the capabilities of Labor and Employment subsystem, Trend reports."Not all companies in Azerbaijan provide us with lists of available vacancies, which is due to the lack of an appropriate database, but now the situation is completely different," Abbasbayli added.According to the chairman, the created "Labor and Employment" subsystem provides the applicant with the opportunity to find a job in 95 percent of cases."Through the Labor and Employment subsystem, this process is carried out without the participation of human factor. Employers' access to the necessary personnel will be expanded," Abbasbayli added. Official: Azerbaijan to introduce renewable energy sources in Karabakh region http://www.today.az/news/business/220629.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 14:39:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijan has extensive plans to introduce renewable energy sources in the Karabakh region, Deputy Energy Minister Elnur Soltanov said.The remarks were made at the Italian Design Day 2022: Design and new technologies for sustainable development event at the ADA University on May 24.According to him, Azerbaijan's strategy envisages electricity production on the basis of renewable energy sources, and very limited use of natural gas in Karabakh."Our plans to turn Karabakh into a `green' zone, a zone of renewable energy sources are large-scale in all respects. Our strategy, which we have been developing for a long time, is repeated in the EU strategy, which is very important from all points of view," he said.The deputy minister added that the most advanced technologies will be used in the region.Meanwhile, during the event, Azerbaijani Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mukhtar Babayev said that the country is expected to introduce plastic processing technology.According to him, the possibility of implementing plastic processing techniques in Azerbaijan is real. Moreover, the discussions on the topic have already been held."Nowadays, waste management constitutes a global trend. It also continues to be a challenge not only for Azerbaijan but for the entire region," Babayev said.Speaking at the event, Chairman of the State Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture Anar Guliyev noted that the planning of cities and villages in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh is almost completed.He stated that today Azerbaijan is facing a big task - to restore the completely destroyed settlements.Further, Guliyev noted that it’s planned to build new modern cities and villages in the liberated territories, adding that Italian partners are helping to restore the lands.In a separate statement, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to Azerbaijan Claudio Taffuri said that Azerbaijan and Italy create synergy in the sphere of design."We will discuss the manufacturability of design, its regeneration, which is especially important in the world of globalization," the ambassador said.Taffuri added that the exhibition will also showcase the work of Italian design professionals.Azerbaijan is a major supplier of energy to Italy. Azerbaijan has over 100 Italian companies operating in various sectors. Furthermore, Italian firms have contracts worth more than €10 billion ($11.8 billion) for Azerbaijani projects both inside and outside the country.Talking about the creation of the Italian-Azerbaijani University, Rector of ADA University Hafiz Pashayev said it is a new stage in the development of relations between the two countries."I put my heart into the design of ADA University. The Italian-Azerbaijani University, which will be created in cooperation with us, is of great importance for the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Italy," he stressed.The rector also noted that ADA University is already collaborating with five Italian universities."I hope that ADA University, our joint efforts, and today's discussions will contribute to productive cooperation between the two countries," added Pashayev.A document on the construction of the Italian-Azerbaijani University was signed and the ceremony of laying its foundation was held on April 2.The ceremony was attended by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov, Education Minister Emin Amrullayev, and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.Azerbaijan's total investment in the Italian economy is estimated to be around €1.7 billion ($2 billion), with Italy investing approximately €770 million ($910.8 million) in Azerbaijan.Italy was Azerbaijan's top trade partner in January-February 2022, with a total trade turnover of $3.1 billion between the two countries.Italy was one of the first countries to express support for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, as well as an interest in participating in restoration efforts in Azerbaijan's liberated territories. Thus, Italy and Israel have already begun work on a joint project to transform the liberated Zangilan region into a smart city. Azerbaijan, Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics kick off http://www.today.az/news/sports/220628.html Sports Wed, 25 May 2022 14:24:00 +0400 By TrendThe 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics have started at Baku Olympic Sports Complex, Trend reports.Some 80 gymnasts from “Ojaq” Sport Club, “Zirve” Sports Complex, “Grace” Sports Complex and Sumgait Olympic Sports Complex are competing for medals at these competitions.At the Baku Championship, athletes are taking part in the Age Categories of youngsters (born in 2014-2015), children (born in 2011-2013), pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010) and juniors (born in 2005-2007), while pre-juniors (born in 2008-2010), juniors (born in 2005-2007) and seniors (born in 2004 and older) will perform at the Azerbaijan Championship.According to the relevant Age Categories, gymnasts will compete in the Individual program within Mixed Pairs, Trios and Groups. Verdi's opera captivates audience http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/220627.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 25 May 2022 14:08:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaGiuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" has been staged at the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.Honored Artist Ramil Gasimov performed the part of the Duke, Honored Artist Inara Babayeva played the role of Gilda, Rigoletto was embodied by the leading soloist of the National Opera of Belgrade (Serbia), laureate of international vocal competitions Matic Dragutin, Azernews reports.People's Artists of Azerbaijan Ali Askarov, Akram Poladov, Honored Artists Sabina Vahabzade, Tural Aghasiyev, soloists Fahmin Ahmadli, Nina Makarova, Rza Khosrov Zade also performed on the theater stage.The opera singers brilliantly conveyed the characters of their heroes. A magnificent performance, exquisite scenery, costumes, and fascinating music made the opera production unforgettable.The opera was conducted by People's Artist Fakhraddin Karimov, and concertmaster - Roza Salimova."Rigoletto" is the pinnacle of Giuseppe Verdi's work and one of the most beloved operas by numerous spectators of the State Opera and Ballet Theater.It is based on the plot of the drama "The King Amuses Himself" by Victor Hugo. This is a romantic drama with a tragic ending, which tells about the dissolute and cynical Duke of Mantua.The opera is a tragic story revolving around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto's daughter Gilda.Media partners of the event are Azernews.az, Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az. TurkicWorld media platform marking its first anniversary http://www.today.az/news/politics/220625.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 13:52:00 +0400 By TrendTurkic.World, the first joint media platform of Turkic-speaking countries, is marking its first anniversary, Trend reports.The media platform was launched in 2021 as a result of the cooperation between Trend News Agency and Albyarak Media Group of Turkey with the support of Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev.This project, based on a unique digital platform, managed to unite the leading media of the Turkic countries in just a year.Uzbekistan’s UzA National News Agency, Kazakhstan’s Kazinform JSC, Kyrgyzstan’s Kabar National News Agency and Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry have already joined TurkicWorld.The media platform is available in Azerbaijani, Turkish, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Turkmen languages. Besides, the project participants can publish their news in English and Russian. There is also a mobile version of the digital platform.Thanks to the efforts of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva aimed at developing the Azerbaijani media, the media structures of Azerbaijan are rapidly developing.The professional growth and expansion of the activities of the Azerbaijani media in accordance with advanced international standards became possible namely thanks to the care and attention of President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva.The TurkicWorld media platform being the result of the development of the Azerbaijani media market was presented last year in Istanbul at the Turkic Council's Media Forum and was also the official media partner of 25th International Business Forum (IBF) organized by the Azerbaijani Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA) and the Turkish Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MUSIAD).Besides, Turkic.World is the official media partner of the TEKNOFEST 2022 International Aviation, Space and Technology Festival. Azerbaijan, EBRD eye further deepening of cooperation http://www.today.az/news/business/220626.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 13:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have discussed prospects for further cooperation, Azernews reports.The discussion took place during the meeting between Azerbaijan's Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov with EBRD's President Odile Renaud-Basso on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos."We held a meeting with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (@EBRD) Odile Renaud-Basso (@OdileRenaud) in Davos. We talked about Azerbaijan-EBRD relations, projects implemented in our country with the support of the Bank, and the prospects for further cooperation," the minister tweeted.Established in 1991, EBRD invests in projects that contribute to the transition to an open market economy, as well as the development of private and business activities.Earlier, the bank approved a $51 million loan for the construction and subsequent operation of the Garadagh solar power plant, to be built by the UAE's Masdar in Azerbaijan.Moreover, on May 12, Azerbaijan and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed a loan agreement to finance the "solid waste management" project in Ganja. The project is part of Ganja’s engagement in the EBRD's Green Cities program and will trigger the development of a Green City Action Plan (GCAP). The €10 million loan will be used to introduce smart waste collection and route optimization systems. New container types, enhancement of the current fleet, and introduction of greener vehicles will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the city’s municipal services.Azerbaijan has been a member of the EBRD since September 25, 1992. The main strategic directions of the EBRD's activity in Azerbaijan, are the diversification of the economy, the development of local capital markets, and the support of the green economy. To date, the EBRD has invested over €3.5 billion through 181 projects in the country.One of the main priorities of EBRD in Azerbaijan is to support the local corporate sector with direct financing. EBRD continues to pursue investments in energy projects, especially where there is a gap to improve efficiency and energy security.Azerbaijan is the largest recipient of the EBRD funds in the Caucasus, as well as one of the largest recipients of this organization’s funds in the CIS and Eastern Europe. Belarusian Gomselmash resumes cooperation with Ganja automobile plant http://www.today.az/news/business/220623.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 13:18:00 +0400 By AzernewsBelarusian Gomselmash holding company resumes cooperation with Azerbaijan's Ganja automobile plant, Azernews reports, citing Belta.Gomselmash and Ganja automobile plant have signed a memorandum on cooperation and joint work has been already kicked begun. At present, a new Belarusian harvester is being finalized by Azerbaijan's order."This is a second class combine harvester. By the end of the year, we will test it in Belarus, and next year we plan to start supplying it to Azerbaijan. We plan to supply up to 50 units per year to this market," the company's First Deputy Director for Sales and Development, Dmitry Afanasyev, said.As part of the visit of Belarusian PM Roman Golovchenko to Azerbaijan, contracts worth more than $70 million were signed. During the Golovchenko's visit to the Ganja automobile plant, the contract was signed for the supply of 950 unassembled tractors in the amount of $15.5 million between the Belarusian Minsk Automobile Plant and Ganja automobile plant. In addition, a memorandum of cooperation was also signed between the Ganja automobile plant and Gomselmash OJSC. It should be noted that Gomselmash is one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural machinery ranking among the world market leaders of combine harvesters and other complexes of agricultural machines.Diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Belarus were established on June 11, 1993. The two countries are cooperating in various sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, transport, remote sensing services, etc.The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Belarus amounted to $424.4 million, with the exports accounting for $295.5 million and imports for $128.9 million in 2021.Railway passenger carriages, fiberboard of wood, butter, medicaments, furniture, wood sawn or chipped lengthwise, beef, electric transformers, and cheese are the main export goods to Azerbaijan. From Azerbaijan, Belarus imports polymers of propylene, tomatoes, fruits, nuts, fresh fruits, fruit and vegetable juices, and others.Since 2007, a number of joint projects in the field of industrial cooperation have been launched including assembly lines of Belarus tractors and trucks. The leader of the Belarusian-Azerbaijani cooperation in the sphere of industrial cooperation is the Ganja automobile plant. UK's Queen Elizabeth II congratulates President Ilham Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/220668.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 13:11:00 +0400 By TrendElizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sent a congratulatory letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Independence Day.Will be updated Azerbaijani Fashion Week 2022 features Kids Runaway Show http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/220622.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 25 May 2022 13:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaKids Runaway Show has been held within the Azerbaijani Fashion Week 2022.The fashion show featured Azerbaijani and international brands - A. Sain, Suhrob Habib Kids, Mimioriki, Amelie Kids Couture, B&G Store, and Kharibulbul Model Agency.Adult runaway show included Kazakh, Uzbek, and Azerbaijani fashion brands, Azernews reports.The Uzbek brand Bekzot Saitov presented colorful and feminine fashion looks featuring traditional motifs including a tailored robe with Uzbek national prints.The Kazakh brand MALIKE, a graduate of Lariya School, Maleke Abdesheva, showed a collection inspired by Japanese martial arts, namely mas-wrestling.The fashionistas also saw all the variety of wedding gowns designed by Ayrus Atelier.The Ayshan Habibli collection, presented at the Fashion Week, included short and floor-length dresses, suits, and sets without unnecessary details in a pastel scheme as well as many outfits in red and black colors.Traditionally, the Azerbaijan Fashion Week is closed by the show of the Azerbaijani fashion house Giedi.Murad Hussein's fashion show carried a very clear social message. Following the given theme of this season, the motto - "We are together", Murad Hussein brought together both professional and non-professional models in order to show that everyone has a right to be beautiful, wear what they want, and enjoy being themselves.The main theme of the 12th season of the Azerbaijani Fashion Week was the idea of ??friendship between peoples and the world.The 12th season of the fashion show gathered talented designers from Azerbaijan, Turkiye, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.The phrase "We are Together" has been chosen as the main motto of the 12th season of the Azerbaijani Fashion Week.The fashionistas had a great chance to meet once again and, most importantly, to convey the ideas of friendship and peace through creativity.The theme of friendship between peoples and respect for the national traditions of different countries was reflected in the colors of the main visual of this season. For the design of posters, invitations, and gifts, artists and graphic designers used all the colors of the flags of the participating countries.Photo credits: Adil YusifovMedia partners of the event are Azernews.az, Media Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.Az. Azerbaijani, Turkish, Kazakh, Kyrgyz Ombudsmen visit liberated Shusha http://www.today.az/news/politics/220621.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 12:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsAzerbaijan’s Ombudswoman Sabina Aliyeva, Turkey’s Sheref Malkoch, Kazakhstan's Elvira Azimova, and Kyrgyzstan’s Atyr Abdrakhmatova visited liberated Shusha.Joined by other members of the Conference on Protection of Human Rights in the TURKPA Member States, the guests first arrived at Azerbaijan's Fuzuli International Airport and then traveled to Shusha.During the visit, they saw the ruins of historical monuments subjected to Armenian vandalism, as well as visited places such as the Shusha fortress, Jidir Duzu, and the museum-mausoleum of Molla Panah Vagif.A reminder that on May 25, Baku will host a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the institute of Azerbaijan's Commissioner for Human Rights.Shusha, which was occupied by the Armenian forces on May 8, 1992, was liberated from the occupation on November 8, 2020. The city, which played a crucial role in Karabakh's liberation, is located on the road to Khankandi, the region's largest city.President Ilham Aliyev declared 2022 as the "Year of Shusha". Considering the historical and cultural significance of the second capital for the Azerbaijani nation, this is a big step in the promotion of the country.The declaration of 2022 as the "Year of Shusha" will provide new opportunities to demonstrate Azerbaijan's determination in restoring liberated territories, according to officials.Following the liberation of Shusha, the Azerbaijani government prioritized restoration work, including the restoration and preservation of the city's historical and cultural heritage.The Shusha General Plan was completed quickly, the bust of the great poet Molla Panah Vagif and the museum-mausoleum complex were restored to their original state, the house-museum of vocalist Bulbul and the statue of composer Uzeyir Hajibayli were opened, historical, religious, and architectural monuments, music festivals, and the organization of the Vagif Poetry Days in front of the magnificent mausoleum were also restored.President Aliyev declared the historical Shusha city the country's cultural capital on May 7, 2021. An immediate inventory of the damage to the city, its historical and cultural heritage, and its natural environment was completed, and restoration work has begun. The Shusha district administration is vested with special powers to ensure the efficiency of restoration work. The city is run by the Azerbaijani president's special envoy.Following its victory over Armenia in the 44-day war in 2020, Azerbaijan has organized a number of international and domestic events in Shusha. Construction of Fuzuli-Hadrut highway underway in liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/society/220620.html Society Wed, 25 May 2022 12:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsThe construction of the Fuzuli-Hadrut highway, one of the road infrastructure projects implemented in the Karabakh and Eastern Zangazur economic regions, is underway, Azernews reports per the State Agency of Automobile Roads.The road will play a significant role in the liberated lands’ socio-economic growth once it is completed.The 12-km first-class technical road starts from Victory Road and joins the newly built Shukurbayli-Jabrayil-Hadrut highway.The Fuzuli-Hadrut highway will have four lanes, with a roadbed width of 21 meters and a carriageway width of 14 meters, depending on the traffic lanes.The highway is now undergoing earthworks, with the road being enlarged and profiled with special equipment, and a new landfill being constructed in compliance with the first technical level.Along with the construction of a landfill on the highway, the project also includes the construction of water pipes of different diameters for the transfer of atmospheric water along the road, as well as a quadrangular water passage for the transmission of the river.In addition, at 6.7 km of the road, in the area passing through the area called "Gargabazar", the construction of two overpasses is underway with the preparation process for the pile.The construction is being carried out under the direct supervision of the Azerbaijan State Agency of Automobile Roads in keeping with the construction norms and rules. Necessary forces have been involved to complete the construction by the end of 2022, as it is planned.The Fuzuli-Hadrut highway passes through the liberated Fuzuli and Khojavend districts. Turkish president congratulates President Ilham Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/220618.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 12:25:00 +0400 President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Independence Day.Will be updated Azerbaijani Finance Ministry auctions off government bonds http://www.today.az/news/business/220619.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 12:12:00 +0400 By TrendThe Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) held an auction on the placement of government bonds of Azerbaijan’s Finance Ministry with a circulation period of 2,548 days on May 24, Trend reports citing the BSE.According to the exchange, seven investors submitted eight bids in the price range from 86.899 manat or $55.12 (8.8914 percent) to 94.85 manat $55.79 (7.2716 percent) during the auction.In accordance with the decision of the Ministry of Finance, the cut-off price of government bonds was set at 92.7006 manat or $54.53 (7.6924 percent) and the weighted average price – was 93.3 manat or $54.8 (7.5698 percent).The total amount of bids at nominal prices amounted to over 25 million manat ($14.7 million) and the placement volume – was 10 million manat ($5.8 million).The maturity date of the bonds is January 30, 2029. Azerbaijan to restore mosques, religious sites in liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/politics/220617.html Politics Wed, 25 May 2022 11:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovDeputy Chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Committee on Religious Associations Gunduz Ismayilov has stated that the country is working on the restoration of mosques and religious sites in the liberated lands, Azernews reports."Comprehensive reconstruction projects of mosques and places of worship are presently carried out in Azerbaijan's liberated areas," Ismayilov stated.Ismayilov noted that there are a total of 67 mosques in the liberated lands of Azerbaijan.He added except for Aghdam's Juma and the Yukhari Govhar Agha mosques in Shusha, which were partially ruined, the remaining 65 mosques were completely destroyed by Armenia."Comprehensive reconstruction projects of mosques and places of worship are presently carried out in Azerbaijan's liberated areas," Ismayilov stated.Armenians have destroyed virtually all religious and historical monuments in the previously occupied territories of Azerbaijan during the 30-year occupation. Some 65 out of 67 mosques were destroyed, Aghdam's Juma mosque was partially preserved due to its use by the Armenian armed forces for military purposes, and the Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque in Shusha was presented as a "Persian" mosque after the so-called reconstruction.Along with humanitarian terror, Armenia committed systematic vandalism against Azerbaijani cultural heritage in Karabakh by erasing historical Azerbaijani toponyms, destroying hundreds of historical and cultural monuments, mosques, and other shrines, desecrating religious values, misappropriating ancient Albanian churches, and presenting them as Armenian.Nearly 900 cemeteries in the liberated lands were completely destroyed, tombstones were broken, and graves were excavated with the remains desecrated. For the past 30 years, Azerbaijani citizens have been denied the right to visit their loved ones' graves.Armenia committed ethnic-cultural genocide as well as ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis. There were no Azerbaijanis left in Armenia as a result of the mass deportation of Azerbaijanis from their ancestral lands in the early 20th century. Over 250,000 Azerbaijanis were expelled from their native lands and became refugees as a result of the final deportation in 1988 alone.By pursuing a policy of both ethnic and cultural genocide, Armenia has purposefully erased all traces of Azerbaijanis, the historical and ancient residents of these territories, plundered, destroyed, embezzled, and distorted the Azerbaijani people's cultural legacy. At the same time, ancient place names in these areas were changed to Armenian ones.For instance, along with other cases, the Blue Mosque, the Gala Mosque, the Shah Abbas Mosque, the Tapabashi Mosque, the Zal Khan Mosque, the Sartib Khan Mosque, the Haji Novruzali Bay Mosque, the Damirbulagh Mosque, the Haji Jafar Bay Mosque, the Rajab Pasha Mosque, the Mohammad Sartib Khan Mosque, the Haji Inam Mosque and more than 300 other mosques located in Armenia were deliberately destroyed, misappropriated or used for other purposes in the early 20th century. Only the Damirbulagh Mosque functioned as intended until 1988, but it has now been completely demolished and replaced by a high-rise building.Over 500 Azerbaijani cemeteries in Armenia, such as Aghadada, Ashaghi Shorja, Gullubulagh, and Saral have been destroyed. The tomb of great Azerbaijani poet Ashig Alasgar, whose tombstone was erected in his native village in the ancient Goycha district, was also destroyed.In general, Armenia has deliberately destroyed thousands of Azerbaijani cultural heritage sites, which testifies to Armenia’s intolerance towards the Azerbaijani people, as well as an insult to all humanity.All this proves that Armenia does not recognize any universal values and its impunity for all these illegal acts conveys a wrong message to the world community. Azerbaijani currency rates for May 25 http://www.today.az/news/business/220615.html Business Wed, 25 May 2022 11:32:00 +0400 By TrendThe official exchange rate of the US dollar and the euro against the Azerbaijani manat as of May 25, 2022 was set at 1.7 and 1.8199 manat respectively, Trend reports with reference to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic (CBAR).The manat rate in relation to world currencies on May 25:CurrenciesOfficial exchange rate1 US dollarUSD1,71 euroEUR1,81991 Australian dollarAUD1,20901 Argentine pesoARS0,0143100 Belarus rubleBYN0,61861 Brazil realBRL0,35271 UAE dirhamAED0,46281 South African randZAR0,1084100 South Korean wonKRW0,13451 Czech korunaCZK0,07391 Chilean pesoCLP0,20471 Chinese yuanCNY0,25491 Danish kroneDKK0,24461 Georgian lariGEL0,59441 Hong Kong dollarHKD0,21661 Indian rupeeINR0,02191 British poundGBP2,1313100 Indonesian rupiahIDR0,0116100 Iranian rialsIRR0,00401 Swedish kronaSEK0,17381 Swiss francCHF1,76651 Israeli shekelILS0,50771 Canadian dollarCAD1,32571 Kuwaiti dinarKWD5,55861 Kazakh tengeKZT0,00411 Kyrgyz somKGS0,0208100 Lebanese poundLBP0,11261 Malaysian ringgitMYR0,38701 Mexican pesoMXN0,08561 Moldovan leuMDL0,08901 Egyptian poundEGP0,09181 Norwegian kroneNOK0,1777100 Uzbek soumUZS0,01531 Polish zlotyPLN0,39581 Russian rubleRUB0,03071 Singapore dollarSGD1,23801 Saudi riyalSAR0,45331 SDR (Special Drawing Rights of IMF)XDR2,29481 Turkish liraTRY0,10521 Taiwan dollarTWD0,05741 Tajik somoniTJS0,13611 New Turkmen manatTMT0,48571 Ukrainian hryvnaUAH0,0577100 Japanese yenJPY1,33911 New Zealand dollarNZD1,1058