Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az New $1.1 bln U.S. arms package for Ukraine in process -U.S. officials World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 23:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe United States is preparing a new $1.1 billion arms package for Ukraine that will be announced soon, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, Trend reports citing Reuters.The officials said on condition of anonymity that the package will be announced in coming days.It is expected to use funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) appropriated by Congress to allow the Biden administration to procure weapons from industry rather than from existing U.S. weapons stocks.The package will include HIMARS launcher systems, accompanying munitions, various types of counter drone systems and radar systems, along with spares, training and technical support, a source briefed on the plan said. 5.0-magnitude quake jolts Türkiye World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 22:48:00 +0400 By TrendAn earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 occurred in Türkiye, Türkiye's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said, Trend reports citing Turkish media.The earthquake was recorded at 17:08 local time, the epicenter of which is the Gele district of Ardahan.It was determined that the shaking occurred at a depth of 7 kilometers. There were recorded 50 aftershocks, the strongest of which was a magnitude of 4.2.It is reported that as a result of the earthquake, the walls of two houses collapsed, three people were injured. The earthquake was also felt in Erzurum and Kars. Japan's Shionogi says COVID pill reaches endpoint in Phase III trial World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 22:15:00 +0400 By TrendJapan's Shionogi & Co Ltd said on Wednesday its oral treatment for COVID-19 demonstrated a significant reduction in symptoms compared to a placebo in a Phase III trial in Asia, Trend reports citing Reuters.The drug, a protease inhibitor known as ensitrelvir, met its primary endpoint in a trial conducted among predominantly vaccinated patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, the company said in a statement.Regulatory authorities in Japan previously denied emergency approval for use of the pill, saying they wanted to see more data on its effectiveness. read moreShionogi has global aspirations for the drug, also known as S-217622 and by the brand name Xocova, which would compete with COVID-19 pills from U.S. Pfizer Inc and Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N) that have already been approved in Japan and elsewhere.The company has signed an agreement to sell about a million doses to the government, pending the drug's approval. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Kingdom's Prime Minister World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 21:42:00 +0400 By TrendSaudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will become the Kingdom’s Prime Minister and Prince Khalid bin Salman will become Defense Minister amidst a cabinet reshuffle ordered by King Salman, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday citing a royal decree, Trend reports citing Al Arabiya.The cabinet reshuffle also saw the appointment of Yousef bin Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Bunyan as Minister of Education.The ministers keeping their positions unchanged are Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as Minister of Energy, Prince Faisal bin Farhan as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Falih as Minister of Investment, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz as Minister of Interior, Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Jadaan as Minister of Finance.Also keeping their ministerial titles are Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz as Minister of the National Guard, Walid al-Samaani as Minister of Justice, Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh as Minister of Islamic affairs, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan as Minister of Culture, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal as Minister of Sports, Tawfiq bin Fawzan al-Rabiah as Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi as Minister of Commerce.In addition, Bandar bin Ibrahim al-Khorayef as Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Ahmed al-Khateeb as Minister of Tourism, Faisal bin Fadhil Alibrahim as Minister of Economy and Planning, and Fahd bin Abdulrahman al-Jalajel as Minister of Health. 996 fully vaccinated against COVID last day in Kazakhstan World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 21:13:00 +0400 By TrendThe sanitary and epidemiological control committee updated the country’s official coronavirus vaccination rates, Trend reports citing Kazinform.As of September 27, some 10,834,341 people were given the 1st jab of the coronavirus vaccine in Kazakhstan, while 10,590,214 receive both, the sanitary and epidemiological control committee’s Telegram Channel reads. Iranian currency rates for September 28 World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 20:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced an official rate of foreign currencies on September 28, Trend reports referring to CBI.According to the currency exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iran, 11 currencies increased and 29 have decreased in price, compared to September 26.According to CBI, $1 equals 42,000 Iranian rials and 1 euro equals 40,425 rials.CurrencyIranian rial on September 28Iranian rial on September 261 US dollarUSD42,00042,0001 British poundGBP45,23645,5871 Swiss francCHF42,47842,8091 Swedish kronaSEK3,7053,7191 Norwegian kroneNOK3,8983,9461 Danish kroneDKK5,4365,4741 Indian rupeeINR5155181 UAE dirhamAED11,43711,4371 Kuwaiti dinarKWD135,160135,681100 Pakistani rupeesPKR17,73217,531100 Japanese yensJPY29,03829,2041 Hong Kong dollarHKD5,3515,3511 Omani rialOMR109,083109,1471 Canadian dollarCAD30,59130,8701 New Zealand dollarNZD23,74624,1271 South African randZAR2,3382,3461 Turkish liraTRY2,2722,2811 Russian rubleRUB7087261 Qatari riyalQAR11,53911,539100 Iraq dinarsIQD2,8792,8781 Syrian poundSYP17171 Australian dollarAUD27,08827,4461 Saudi riyalSAR11,20111,2001 Bahraini dinarBHD111,703111,7011 Singapore dollarSGD29,21829,359100 Bangladeshi takasBDT41,64841,13910 Sri Lankan rupeesLKR1,1541,1611 Myanmar kyatMMK2121100 Nepalese rupeesNPR32,14432,2991 Libyan dinarLYD8,3348,4031 Chinese yuanCNY5,8535,914100 Thai bathsTHB110,597111,8911 Malaysian ringgitMYR9,1109,1721,000 South Korean wonsKRW29,45229,5301 Jordanian dinarJOD59,23959,2381 euroEUR40,42540,726100 Kazakh tengeKZT8,7718,7161 Georgian lariGEL14,81714,8491,000 Indonesian rupiahsIDR2,7702,7881 Afghan afghaniAFN4764771 Belarus rubleBYN16,63516,6261 Azerbaijani manatAZN24,67124,706100 Philippine pesosPHP71,01671,4781 Tajik somoniTJS4,2434,2151 Turkmen manatTMT12,02211,971In Iran, the official exchange rate is used for the import of some essential products.SANA system is a system introduced by the Central Bank of Iran to the currency exchange offices, where the price of 1 euro is 275,732 rials, and the price of $1 is 286,474 rials.NIMA is a system intended for the sale of a certain percentage of the foreign currency gained from export.The price of 1 euro in this system is 260,192 rials, and the price of $1 is 270,329 rials.On the black market, $1 is worth about 314,000-317,000 rials, while 1 euro is worth about 302,000-305,000 rials. Oil prices slip as dollar scales new peak World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 20:15:00 +0400 By TrendOil prices fell more 1% on Wednesday, pressured by a strengthening dollar and crude storage builds that offset support from U.S. production cuts caused by Hurricane Ian, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.Brent crude futures fell $1.08, or 1.3%, to $85.19 per barrel by 0341 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 99 cents, or 1.3%, at $77.51 per barrel.The dollar hit a fresh two-decade peak against a basket of currencies on the back of rising Treasury yields. A strong dollar reduces demand for oil by making it more expensive for buyers using other currencies.Asian share markets slid as surging borrowing costs stoked fears of a global recession, spooking investors into the arms of the safe-haven dollar."With Asian markets tanking due to the surge in bond yields, demand outlooks are darkened amid a possible nearing economic recession," said Tina Teng, an analyst at CMC Markets."Traders' focus is not on the supply issues right now as the bond market's turmoil sunk risk assets, along with a stubbornly high U.S. dollar, which pressured oil prices," Teng added.U.S. crude oil stocks rose by about 4.2 million barrels for the week ended Sept. 23, while gasoline inventories fell about 1 million barrels, according to market sources on Tuesday, citing figures from industry group the American Petroleum Institute.Distillate stocks rose by about 438,000 barrels, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The report comes ahead of official Energy Information Administration data due on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. EDT.Goldman Sachs cut its 2023 oil price forecast on Tuesday, due to expectations of weaker demand and a stronger U.S. dollar, but said global supply disappointments only reinforced its long-term bullish outlook.Producers began returning workers to offshore oil platforms after shutting in output ahead of Hurricane Ian, which entered the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and is forecast to become a dangerous Category 4 storm over the warm waters of the Gulf.About 190,000 barrels per day of oil production, or 11% of the Gulf's total were shut-in, according to offshore regulator the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).Producers lost 184 million cubic feet of natural gas, or nearly 9% of daily output. Personnel were evacuated from 14 production platforms and rigs, the BSEE said.Ian is the first hurricane this year to disrupt oil and gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, which produces about 15% of the United States' crude oil and 5% of dry natural gas. Vietnam downgrades Typhoon Noru to tropical storm, but warns of flood risks World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:46:00 +0400 By TrendVietnam on Wednesday downgraded Typhoon Noru to a tropical depression, but warned residents to stay on alert because of the risks from flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain, the government said, Trend reports citing Reuters.--Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz EU deeply concerned about damage to Nord Stream World news Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe European Union is deeply concerned about damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that has resulted in leaks in the international waters of the Baltic Sea, Trend reports with reference to the Declaration by the High Representative.“Safety and environmental concerns are of utmost priority. These incidents are not a coincidence and affect us all. All available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act. We will support any investigation aimed at getting full clarity on what happened and why, and will take further steps to increase our resilience in energy security. Any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and will be met with a robust and united response,” reads the declaration.Nord Stream AG, based in Zug, Switzerland, said on September 27 that the significant pressure drop caused by the gas leak on both lines of the gas pipeline leads to a strong assumption of the pipeline physical damage.“Nord Stream AG immediately informed the relevant coast guards about the incident. The positions of two assumed damages have been identified and are located north-east from Bornholm in Swedish and Danish EEZ, respectively. Currently the Swedish and Danish maritime authorities established a 5nm safety zone around the identified locations. Nord Stream AG has started mobilization of all necessary resources for a survey campaign to assess the damages in cooperation exchange with relevant local authorities. Currently, it is not possible to estimate a timeframe for restoring the gas transport infrastructure. The causes of the incident will be clarified as a result of the investigation,” said the company. State support required for Azerbaijan's agribusiness development – minister Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 18:30:00 +0400 By TrendThe agribusiness development in Azerbaijan requires state support, Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Inam Karimov said during public discussions on "Agribusiness – new opportunities and modern challenges", Trend reports.According to him, the world is facing new challenges, including in economic and environmental fields. Thus, it's necessary to continually maintain a modern innovative environment for agribusiness, and such discussions are essential to bring together the key holders in the agribusiness development, international and local experience, as well as to identify tools to overcome emerging difficulties.The minister added that this is of particular importance for agribusiness, identifying support measures, benefits, and raising awareness in the mentioned field. Azerbaijan confirms 164 more COVID-19 cases, 248 recoveries Society Wed, 28 Sep 2022 18:27:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 164 new COVID-19 cases, 248 patients have recovered, and three patients have died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 821,162 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 810,181 of them have recovered, and 9,910 people have died. Currently, 1,071 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 3,054 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 7,245,111 tests have been conducted so far.A total of 870 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on September 28, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.The first dose of the vaccine was injected into 287 citizens, the second dose to 131 citizens, while the third dose and the next doses were received by 369 citizens. As many as 83 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.Totally, up until now, 13,888,466 vaccine doses were administered, 5,381,190 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4,867,228 people – the second dose, 3,378,441 people – the third dose and the next doses. Besides, 261,607 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19. UNDP proceeds with its support for demining activities in Azerbaijan - official Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 18:15:00 +0400 By TrendUNDP proceeds with its support for demining activities in Azerbaijan, Charu Bist, UNDP Resident Representative in Azerbaijan, told Trend.“One of the new priorities that we, together with ANAMA, plan to address is the gender and environmental components of the demining activities. The gender component is focusing on women’s role in mining clearance. In this regard, female demining teams could be potentially created,” she said.The research has also been conducted on the environmental impacts of the demining process, which is also a very important issue to be tackled, she added.UNDP Resident Representative also mentioned different projects within the UNDP’s support for demining, which includes capacity building, equipment provision, and ensuring that support is given in accordance with international practices.“Demining currently is a really important priority for the government of Azerbaijan, and UNDP has been a partner of ANAMA since 1990 - one of our long-standing partnerships. Over the years we have mobilized a vast amount of funding together with different international organizations to address the issue,” Bist concluded. Baku, Moscow discuss unfolding regional developments Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have discussed recent regional developments, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.In a telephone conversation on September 28, the top diplomats discussed the current situation in the region, including issues related to the implementation of trilateral statements, signed by the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian leaders.The ministers also exchanged views on current issues of the cooperation agenda between the two states and other issues of mutual interest.The trilateral ceasefire deal signed by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders on November 10, 2020, ended the three-decade conflict over Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region which along with the seven adjacent districts came under the occupation of Armenian armed forces in the war in the early 1990s.On January 11, 2021, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders signed the second statement since the end of the 44-day war. The newly-signed statement was set to implement clause 9 of the November 2020 statement related to the unblocking of all economic and transport communications in the region.On November 26, 2021, the three leaders signed a statement and agreed on a number of issues, including the demarcation and delimitation of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border. On May 23, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed decrees on the creation of border delimitation and security commissions.So far, two meetings of the border delimitation commissions led by Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev and his Armenian opposite side Mher Grigoryan was held prior to the border clashes that erupted as a result of the Armenian provocation on September 12-14.Despite the latest Armenian provocations, Baku reaffirmed its readiness for urgent negotiations between the leaders towards ensuring lasting peace in line with the trilateral statements and the results of the meeting in Brussels. Administrative building of Shusha apartment utility and maintenance service is being restored Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:55:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have inquired about the restoration work to be carried out in the administrative building of the apartment utility and maintenance service of the Shusha City State Reserve Department.Special Representative of the President in Shusha district Aydin Karimov informed the head of state and the First Lady of the work done. President Ilham Aliyev viewed progress of construction works at building of secondary school ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:47:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have viewed the progress of construction works at a building of the secondary school No1 in the city of Shusha.Special Representative of the President in Shusha district Aydin Karimov informed the head of state and the First Lady of the works carried out here.The construction of the school building, which covers an area of 4,300 square meters, started in October, 2021. All conditions will be created in the 960-seat school. Tokayev: Kazakhstan cooperates with Azerbaijan to develop digital infrastructure Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:36:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadKazakhstan is cooperating with Azerbaijan to develop digital infrastructure, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said, Azernews reports per Trend.He stated that digital transformation is impossible without modern and advanced infrastructure, including in rural areas.“Therefore, Kazakhstan is consistently establishing a digital infrastructure linked to international corridors and cross-border data flows,” he said.The president noted that together with Azerbaijani partners, work has begun on the Trans-Caspian section to connect the world traffic concentration centers.“We are talking about Southeast Asia and Europe,” he said.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 Azerbaijani embassy in Kazakhstan on March 1, 2004.The two countries closely cooperate in various sectors of the economy. Around 160 companies with the Kazakh capital operate in Azerbaijan in the sphere of industry, construction, trade, agriculture, transport, and services, and Azerbaijani companies are also represented in the Kazakh market. Azerbaijan's investments in the Kazakh non-oil sector from 1995 to 2021 amounted to more than $200 million, while Kazakhstan's investments in the Azerbaijani non-oil sector totaled about $100 million.The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan amounted to $135.7 million in 2021. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed work done at the restored hotel ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have viewed the work done at the restored hotel in Shusha.Assistant to President Anar Alakbarov informed the President and the First Lady of the work done. Azerbaijani Ombudswoman informed PACE Secretary General about human rights violations Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliAzerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva informed Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Despina Chatsivasiliou about the human rights violations suffered by Azerbaijan.The meeting was held during Aliyeva's visit to Strasbourg.During the meeting, she said that it is vital to quickly and completely clear the liberated territories of the country. In this regard, Aliyeva touched upon the importance of providing accurate mine maps by Armenia to Azerbaijan and recalled that this issue was highlighted in a separate report addressed to international organizations.The ombudswoman gave detailed information on her mandate. She noted that over recent years, departments and sectors related to the protection of the right to access to information, the rights of children, and the rights of people with disabilities have been created under the institution, opportunities, and information is given about the functions of these structural units. It was emphasized that attention is also being paid to gender equality and women's rights. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed progress of restoration work at ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:22:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have viewed the progress of restoration work at the Mehmandarovs' Estate Complex.Assistant to President Anar Alakbarov informed the head of state and the First Lady of the work done.The estate complex was constructed by representatives of the Mehmandarovs generation in the 18th century.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation started repair and restoration work in the Mehmandarovs’ estate complex, as well as the family mosque and the spring in the area in October 2021.While viewing the restoration work, the spring which is included in the Mehmandarovs' Estate Complex was commissioned.The restoration work is scheduled to be completed in 2023. All conditions created in the building of Special representation of President of Azerbaijan in ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:17:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have viewed the conditions created in the building of the Special representation of the President of Azerbaijan in Shusha district.Special Representative of the President in Shusha district Aydin Karimov informed the head of state and the First Lady of the work done.The building was constructed in 1970. The renovation work in the building started in June 2021. The building has a total of 41office rooms. All necessary conditions were created here for fruitful work of employees. The building also features assembly and conference halls. Baku, Tashkent discuss implementing energy co-op roadmap Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:05:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan and Uzbekistan have discussed the implementation of a roadmap for multifaceted energy cooperation, Azernews reports.The discussion took place during a meeting between Azerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov and Uzbek Deputy Energy Minister Azim Akhmedkhadjaev on the margins of the 2nd Meeting of Energy Ministers of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) in Almaty."In #Almaty, we discussed the implementation of the #RoadMap on our multifaceted #EnergyCooperation with Azim Akhmedkhadjaev, First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan. We have an agenda to strengthen our strategic partnership with #Uzbekistan," Parviz Shahbazov tweeted.Diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan were established on October 2, 1995. The embassy of Azerbaijan in Uzbekistan was established in August 1996, while the embassy of Uzbekistan in Azerbaijan was opened in July 1998.The friendly relations between the two countries are based on shared values ??and historical ties, as well as a number of joint statements and agreements signed during bilateral visits and meetings.The volume of trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan amounted to $111.9 million in 2021. President Ilham Aliyev viewed progress of construction works at Shusha hotel and conference center Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:58:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have viewed the progress of construction works at the hotel and conference center in the city of Shusha.Special Representative of the President in Shusha district Aydin Karimov informed the head of state and the First Lady of the works done here.The construction of the hotel and conference center, which occupies an area of more than 3 hectares, started this April. The center will have 154 rooms, a 400-seat conference hall, restaurants, shops and parking lots. Baku Int'l Book Fair kicks off Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe 8th Baku International Book Fair has started at the Baku Expo Center, Azernews reports, citing Trend Life.The book fair offers a wide range of book choices and presents over 50,000 bestsellers, non-fiction, and newly published books in Azerbaijani, Turkish, Russian, English, French and other languages.Over 60 foreign organizations from 16 countries, 130 local publishing houses, and enterprises are represented at the book fair co-organized by Qanun Publishing House, and the Ali&Nino bookstore chain.Speaking at the book fair, Qanun Publishing House director Shahbaz Xuduoglu said that the event aims at providing publishers, writers, book dealers, and booksellers with opportunities for direct communication with readers, and selling books at an affordable price. The book fair attracts the interest of a large number of book readers.Over 200 events, including master classes for children and adults, book presentations on inclusion and other relevant topics, book signing days, conferences, symposia, reading, and music hours are organized as part of the book fair.Azerbaijani and Turkish writers, historians, scientists, and actors are taking part in the large-scale event.People's Poet Ramiz Rovshan and well-known poet Agshin Yenisey are invited to the event as honorary authors.Meanwhile, Turkiye has been chosen as the honorary guest country at the 8th Baku International Book Fair.There is also a free market where everyone can sell or exchange books with other book lovers. All books are 20-70 percent off.The 8th Baku International Book Fair will run until October.Photo Credits: Vugar Imanov President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed construction progress at new ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:43:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have viewed the construction progress of a new residential complex in the city of Shusha.Special Representative of the President in Shusha district Aydin Karimov informed the head of state and the First Lady of the work done.The construction area covers about 8 hectares. The residential complex will feature 23 buildings. The complex will include a total of 450 apartments. Chronicles of Victory (September 28, 2020): Armenian artillery units in Agdere direction of ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:30:00 +0400 By TrendArmenian armed forces artillery units that have been targeting our human settlements in the Aghdara direction were struck, Trend reports with reference to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Armenian armed units, which suffered heavy losses as a result of accurate artillery fire, were forced to withdraw from their firing positions.Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops managed to liberate the territories previously occupied by Armenia: Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari, Ashagi Abdulrahmanli villages (Fuzuli district), Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages (Jabrayil district).Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of Azerbaijan's Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian armed forces.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, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.-- UNDP actively working with Azerbaijani entrepreneurs - Charu Bist Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:24:00 +0400 By TrendThe UNDP is actively working with Azerbaijani entrepreneurs, Charu Bist, UNDP Resident Representative in Azerbaijan, told Trend."Recommendations on the policy and ecosystem to support social enterprises in Azerbaijan were developed during joint consultations with Azerbaijani entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from the regions of Azerbaijan also participated in the negotiations," she said.The UNDP Permanent Representative reminded that the program document signed jointly with the government of Azerbaijan, which covers the period from 2020 through 2025, is focusing not only on the development of entrepreneurship, but also on other important issues such as inclusive growth, support for vulnerable groups, mine action, climate change and the environment, public administration and many other areas."All these issues contribute to the overall 2030 agenda, which is aimed at achieving the SDGs [sustainable development goals]. We will make sure to achieve all these results by working together with the Azerbaijani government," she said. Azerbaijan's Parliament releases agenda of first sitting of autumn session Society Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:13:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan's Parliament has released the agenda of the regular meeting to be held on September 30, Trend reports.The meeting agenda includes the following:1. Bill of the Azerbaijani Parliament on the legislative work plan of the autumn session for 2022.2. Constitutional Law of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Constitutional Law "On normative legal acts" (second vote).3. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan approving the Convention "On submission of judicial and extrajudicial documents abroad in civil or commercial matters".4. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan approving the Convention "On other international procedures for withholding child support and family maintenance".5. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan approving the "Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the plant quarantine and plant protection".6. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan on approval of the "Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on military-technical cooperation".7. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan approving the "Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on international road traffic".8. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan on approval of the "Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the protection of industrial property".9. Supplement to the Law "On municipal territories and lands" – the draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the "List of municipalities of the Republic of Azerbaijan".10. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Law "On perpetuating the memory of martyr and benefits of families of martyrs".11. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Law "On combating human trafficking" (first reading).12. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Code of Administrative Offenses (first reading).13. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Execution of Sentences Code (first reading).14. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Criminal Code (first reading).15. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Code of Administrative Offenses (first reading)16. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan approving the "Regulations on transforming a public enterprise into a joint-stock company" and amending the Laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On financial and industrial groups", "On land lease" (first reading).17. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Law "On state duty" (first reading).18. Bill of the Azerbaijan Republic on amendments to the law "On customs tariff" (first reading).19. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Civil Code (first reading).20. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Law "On the state real estate register" (first reading).21. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Law "On notaries" (first reading).22. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Law "On the establishment of orders and medals of the Republic of Azerbaijan" regarding the establishment of the medals "For distinction in the merit to the prosecutor's office" and "For effective cooperation with the prosecutor's office" (first reading).23. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Law "On the Prosecutor's Office" (first reading).24. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Law "On service in the prosecutor's office bodies" (first reading).25. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Labor Code (first reading).26. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Law "On labor pensions" (first reading).27. Bill of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amendments to the Law "On public service" (first reading).28. Draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan amending the Labor Code (first reading). Congress of Azerbaijani Writers postponed Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Sep 2022 15:54:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe XIII Congress of the Azerbaijani Writers has been postponed, Azernews reports.Due to technical and organizational issues, the Union of Azerbaijan Writers decided to change the original date of the congress, which was scheduled for October 5. The decision was announced at the expanded meeting of the union's secretariat.The meeting participants included the Council of Elders, the Youth Council, and the media representatives.The participants in the meeting discussed the current issues of preparing the congress and expressed their proposals on organizational issues.The XIII Congress of the Azerbaijani Writers will be ended at the end of October. Azerbaijani oil prices rise Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 15:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by $1.1 on September 27 compared to the previous price, amounting to $90.17 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan on September 27 amounted to $88.5 per barrel, up by $1.09 as compared to the previous price.Azerbaijan also sells its URALS oil from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, delivering it through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.The price of URALS with shipment from the port equaled $61.07 per barrel on September 27, growing by $1.16 as compared to the previous price.Meanwhile, the cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea rose by $1.76 compared to the previous price and made up $86.39 per barrel.(1 USD = 1.7 AZN on September 28) Pashinyan’s crib sheet evolves Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 15:14:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Orkhan AmashovWith the tiniest bit more rigour, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan could have cut a better, less of a dissembler type of a figure at the UN on 22 September. With a swot’s enthusiasm, he croaked out, as if by rote, the Armenian account of the 12-14 September state border escalation, fired off a few sly barbed darts at Baku’s coercive negotiating stance and stated that Yerevan would recognise Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, if the latter would reciprocate.As was the case in his latest parliamentary addresses at home, Pashinyan emphasised “the integrity of Armenian territory across 29,800 square kilometres”. In New York, he went further, and asked Baku for the map showing the boundaries of Armenia according to Azerbaijani rationale. This was cunning, perhaps so cunning that one could have put a tail on it and called it a weasel, or maybe a beleaguered polecat. But this move was not exceedingly wise. In fact, this posturing is a negotiating stance which simply says “what is ours is ours, what is yours is a subject for further negotiations”, befitting a victor dictating the tempo, and thus not for Pashinyan to assume.It is also unwise because the real question is if Armenia is ready to recognise Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity across 86,600 square kilometres, including Karabakh. In fact, he never openly made such an unambiguous statement.The taxonomy of Armenia’s future recognition that Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan is still under gestation and has only been comprised of feigned admissions made at different points, to date. Whenever Pashinyan came close to uttering the essential rhetoric, or said something akin to the obligatory, the wrath of the domestic opposition and the Diaspora was heaped upon him, making him retract or imbue nuances of a different meaning to divert away from a trepidatious move towards a comprehensive deal.As sure as the Pontiff retains his Catholicism, the point about the mutual recognition of each other’s territorial integrity is integral to the peace agenda, and constitutes one of the five principles that Baku offered in February and with which Yerevan acquiesced in March. In New York, Pashinyan remonstrated that a peace deal must be a real, and not phantom, demanding some “concreteness” as to "reciprocity".If it is clarity he is after, then it should also be said that the Armenian illegal armed formations have not yet left Karabakh, in contravention of Article 4 of the 10 November 2020 trilateral declaration. Pashinyan’s “we are ready to recognise Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity” or “we already recognised it in 1992” lines entail nothing but sordid, long-practiced creative ambiguity. As long as uncertainty will prevail regarding this principal focal point, Azerbaijan is under no obligation to reciprocate in so many words.It remains a sad fact of life that the state border between the two belligerents remains undelimited and undefined. It is partially due to the lack of progress in the delimitation track of the negotiations that these recurrent escalations prove deadly and unpredictable. Pashinyan’s view of the Zangazur Corridor remains one of stodgy annoyance. His whole argument is still based on superficiality, which is that the term “corridor” is absent in Article 9 of the ceasefire deal. The substance is not of primary importance, but merely one externally visible word that is fuelling his obstreperousness.Yerevan envisions a peace process as pootling along whilst spurning momentums. This is the core reason obstructing the negotiations. In this vein, the recently intensified diplomatic efforts of Washington seem to be worthy of particular note. On 26 September, UN National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan tweeted that he had hosted the meeting between Hikmat Hajiyev, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Azerbaijan, and Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council, and emphasised the parties, inter alia, discussed “the importance of pursuing time-bound and focused negotiations”.The word “time-bound” is critical here. Yerevan’s flip-floppiness and disregard for deadlines need to be addressed. The argument that the first duty is to avoid the possibility of escalations and then work on a peace agenda is misleading. The two objectives should be fulfilled simultaneously. As the experience of the past two years has shown, if the negotiations are slackened, escalations will continue to erupt with more regularity.To be more succinct, so long as the Armenian forces remain in hiding under the protection of the Russian “peacekeepers” in Karabakh, there will be ongoing tensions within or near the temporary zone. At the same time, the undelimited zone at the intersection of the two states will continue to witness escalations.Having said all this, one should also reflect on the gradual transformation of Pashinyan, which is slow and tempered by the pressure exerted on him by the peace-resistant forces within the Armenian world. “The status is not the goal, but the means to guarantee the security and rights of the Armenian population of Karabakh”, proclaimed by him in April, was a significant step.Following the 12-14 September escalation, in a parliamentary address, he expressed his readiness to sign a document, which would guarantee Armenia’s integrity across 29,800 square kilometres, even if such a course would see him thrown out of office. Despite being somewhat retracted later, the utterance of the original point was also a move in the right direction.Then, in New York, whilst addressing the UN General Assembly, he reiterated his willingness to recognise Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, if Baku does the same in relation to Armenia. This was another step. Cumulatively, these points constitute an irrefutably vague and nebulous domain that has yet to evolve into a solid political position.Finality will be achieved when a sufficient degree of antedating statements will form the fertile ground for a definitive Armenian recognition that Karabakh is Azerbaijan. Such a finality could be achieved by other means, if Pashinyan decides to budge from his current position, as is his wont.To extricate itself from this execrable state of affairs, Armenia needs to adopt the most effective trajectory and avoid falling into a new nadir. If it fails to do so, no piper will play a lament and only crocodile tears will be shed. So long as Yerevan is not signed up to recognising and respecting Azerbaijani territorial integrity, Armenia's own borders will be subject to clarification, and Armenians will be unable to sleep soundly in their beds. Azerbaijan seizes Armenian UAV in liberated Lachin District Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 15:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovUnits of the Azerbaijani military forces have seized an Armenian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the liberated Lachin District, Azernews reports, citing the Defense Ministry.“Azerbaijan Army Units using special technical means detected and landed the Armenian armed forces’ UL-350 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which attempted to carry out flights over the Azerbaijan Army positions in the direction of the Lachin region,” the ministry said.Furthermore, Azerbaijan is hosting the NATO Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluation and Feedback Program (OCC E&F) Database Training Course, the Defense Ministry said in an unrelated report.During the opening ceremony of the event on September 27, the memory of martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the territorial integrity and independence of Azerbaijan, was honored by observing a minute of silence on the occasion of Remembrance Day.The participants were then instructed about the course's objectives and terms, as well as the tasks to be completed.The OCC E&F Database Training Course is slated to run till September 30, the ministry added.The Operational Capability Concept Evaluation and Feedback Programme (OCC E&F) is a practical multipurpose military tool that serves as a vehicle for a closer operational relationship between the Alliance and a potential contributor to NATO-led operations by supporting partner efforts to develop forces that are fully interoperable and capable of operating with NATO standards and procedures.Since 2012, JFC Brunssum has got a very important and active role in OCC E&F Programme. Based on the annual SHAPE list of OCC E&F activities, JFC Brunssum supports partner countries in activities related to OCC E&F Programme.In the same vein, the Turkish National Defense Ministry paid tribute to Azerbaijani personnel who perished in the second Karabakh war (2020)."Turkiye honors the memory of martyrs on the anniversary of the beginning of the glorious struggle started by the heroic Azerbaijani army two years ago for the liberation of the occupied lands," the ministry tweeted.Azerbaijan commemorates Remembrance Day on September 27 as a mark of heartfelt respect for the troops and officers, who valiantly fought in the 44-day war in 2020 and offered their lives for the country's territorial integrity. EBRD forecasts GDP growth of 4.5 pct in Azerbaijan in 2022 Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:52:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has forecasted a GDP growth of 4.5 percent in Azerbaijan in 2022, Azernews reports per the bank's September issue of the Regional Economic Prospects."GDP growth of 4.5 percent is forecast in 2022, with moderation to 2.5 percent in 2023. The risks are balanced and largely arise from the direction of energy prices and, to a smaller degree, from the likely inflation path," the report reads.The bank noted that the strong performance of the non-energy sector led to the economic growth of 6.2 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2022.The non-energy sector increased production by 9.9 percent, while hydrocarbon sectors decreased by 0.4 percent, with oil production down by 4.5 percent, though gas production increased by 15.3 percent."However, rising prices of hydrocarbons almost doubled export revenues and generated a large current account and a budget surplus. This created a favorable environment to sustain household real incomes, despite rising inflation, which in turn supported the strong growth of nontradable sectors of the economy," the report reads.Moreover, the report mentioned that the inflation accelerated from 12 percent at the end of 2021 to 14.2 percent in June 2022, but slowed down to 13.7 percent in July as the first sign of abating inflationary pressures."The Central Bank of Azerbaijan responded firmly to rising inflation in the initial stage and raised the policy rate by 150 basis points between September 2021 and March 2022, but remained cautious afterwards. High energy prices are expected to support economic growth in the near term, but weak investment activity raises doubts about its medium-term sustainability," the report reads.Azerbaijan is entering a new stage of development, which will cover 2022 to 2030 years. The primary tasks set up are sustainable economic growth, financial stability of the national economy, and the restoration of liberated territories. Germany looks forward to continue developing dynamic relations with Azerbaijan - Ambassador ... Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:40:00 +0400 By Trend Azerbaijan, which has been delivering gas to Europe through the Southern Gas Corridor since 2020, has big potential to increase its deliveries, Ambassador of Germany to Azerbaijan Ralf Horlemann told Trend in an exclusive interview.“Energy has become a very critical and important issue ever since Russia invaded Ukraine and started to misuse energy as a weapon. Europe had to react and reorganize its energy import policy. We had to substitute for the Russian pipeline gas and started to increase imports from other sources. Now, there are a number of providers that are providing more gas to the EU than they did in the past,” he noted.According to the ambassador, Germany sees great potential in energy cooperation with Azerbaijan.“This would be perfectly in the interest of the EU to diversify its energy imports. In a couple of years, and, with an upgrade of pipeline capacities, Azerbaijan could export 20 billion cubic meters to the EU. As you well know, recently the President of the EU Commission Mrs. von der Leyen was here to conclude the Memorandum of Understanding with Azerbaijan, highlighting exactly this situation,” he said.As Horlemann pointed out, as it is a very important issue for Germany, the country would like to put the main focus on cooperation in renewable energy sources with Azerbaijan.“Azerbaijan has a huge potential in producing renewables, in terms of solar power, wind energy, and green hydrogen. It would be very interesting for the EU to tap this potential in order to meet its CO2 emission reduction targets. Therefore, we see big potential for more cooperation with Azerbaijan. German companies, of course, with their technologies, the experience, can contribute a lot in this regard,” he added.Horlemann noted that there are many German companies active in the renewable energy sector, several of which visited Azerbaijan in June 2022.“German companies are always looking for investment opportunities, and they are looking worldwide for the best conditions. We perceive a huge interest also in Azerbaijan, and we are happy about some recent investments related to the energy sector. For example, there is a joint venture between a German and an Azerbaijani company to produce aluminum - a big investment of 300 million euros,” he said.According to the ambassador, the investment was made in Azerbaijan because of comparatively cheap energy sources available here, including renewable energy.“This would open the door for Azerbaijan to the European market, which will import more and more sustainably developed products in the future, including green aluminum,” he added.Germany holds an intensive dialogue with the Azerbaijani government on the potential in the renewable energy sector, including the prospects for green hydrogen production, the ambassador noted.“There is an ongoing dialogue between the two governments. Just last Monday, I met the energy minister of Azerbaijan, Mr. Shahbazov, to talk, among other things, about green hydrogen. We understand that the Azerbaijani government is very interested to develop this sector, because they see that there is a huge market, especially in the EU. Azerbaijan has a huge potential in producing renewables, in terms of solar power, wind energy, and green hydrogen, which could be exported to the EU market. The production of hydrogen is a very energy-intensive process. So, if you want to produce hydrogen at a competitive cost, you need renewable energy sources, because they are basically for free, apart from the initial investment you have to make. With the CO2 emission reduction targets of the EU as of 2030, we need to dramatically reduce our CO2 emissions, especially in the energy-intensive industries, and they can only do so by using green hydrogen in the future, instead of conventional gas,” he said.The ambassador noted the great interest also from the German side, including from the business sector, to engage in the field of renewable energy with Azerbaijan.“We hope to develop and participate in new projects, proposed by the Azerbaijani side. And, wherever there are public tenders, I am very optimistic and confident that German companies with their huge expertise in the sector will take part. With the very high share of renewable energy sources in the German electricity sector, for example, we are very well-placed to participate in the Azerbaijani market in this field,” he added.Further speaking, Ambassador Horlemann noted that, fortunately, in the first half of this year there is a strong rebound also in the bilateral trade between Germany and Azerbaijan, and this is a good basis to develop trade and increase exports in various fields.“One is where Germany traditionally has been very strong, and that is machine building, automotive industry, electronics, chemicals, and etc. There is a second field, which I would like to mention - infrastructure and logistics. Azerbaijan is developing as a hub between East and West. The Middle Corridor project. And there is a huge need for more investments in the logistics and infrastructure of Azerbaijan, in order to cope with the rising flow of trade and investments. So, German companies are very strong in this respect. And the third, and we talked about this before, is the whole sector of renewable energy sources, where German companies have a lot to offer in terms of technology, and where Germany is, politically speaking, a worldwide leader,” he explained.Speaking about the most promising spheres of cooperation between Germany and Azerbaijan, the ambassador highlighted several fields.“There are already, I think, over 200 German companies active in Azerbaijan. Around 170 are members of the Azerbaijani-German chamber of commerce. So there is already a great activity going on. And, I think that particularly in the field of energy and renewables there is the biggest potential for the future. And then, again, when we look at the needs of Azerbaijan, what needs to be done, I come back to the whole sector of infrastructure and logistics,” he said.Regarding the restoration process in Karabakh, and Germany’s role in it, Horlemann noted that Germany sees enormous potential for its companies to participate in the reconstruction process.“When it comes to the reconstruction process in Karabakh, there is a huge potential for German companies to participate, and the sectors where Germany is traditionally very strong, like machine building, the automotive industry, chemical industry and electronics,” he said.Germany would be particularly interested in such sectors as sustainable cities, which goes together with renewable energy sources and the concept of smart cities, then, anything that goes down to basic infrastructure and logistics, Horlemann noted.“A German company, for example, took part in the construction of Fuzuli airport. I think, in Karabakh, there is a need to construct roads, and whole cities, basically. That is where German companies could engage and contribute a lot,” he said.According to the ambassador, Germany, with its own experience of reunification and reconstruction in East Germany, is very well aware of the magnitude of the task ahead of Azerbaijan in reconstructing Karabakh.“It is a huge task. And we also share the feelings of the Azerbaijani people concerning the importance of reconstruction, because, during the German reunification and the reconstruction process, there evolved a lot of, let’s say, positive energy from all sectors in the society to engage in reconstruction. So, we have great sympathy and understanding of this situation,” he said.As Horlemann noted, what is important for an engagement of German companies in the reconstruction process is a stable security situation.“Firstly, mine-clearance needs to be done. Secondly, there should be a stable environment for investments. In that respect, a peace agreement with Armenia would be of paramount importance in order to create an environment that is attractive for investors. German investors always think long-term, that is why they are well known to be reliable partners in the long run,” he said, adding that if Azerbaijan decides to go for major investments in the long run, a stable investment environment is very important.The ambassador also pointed out the importance of demining activities of the economic development and the reconstruction of Karabakh.“Germany has been a leader in the global effort to ban land mines for many years. And we have been engaged in various regions in the world, in Europe in the Balkans, for example, in Africa. There is a lot of knowledge and technology also among German companies, and there is a lot of support for multilateral organizations, mostly the UN, to financially support demining activities worldwide. We are doing the same in the case of Azerbaijan,” he said.As the ambassador noted, if Azerbaijan was to join the Ottawa Convention to ban land mines, this would help Germany to contribute even more.Further speaking, Ambassador Horlemann said that Germany is very optimistic to deepen the dynamic relations with Azerbaijan, which developed over the last 30 years.“Beyond trade and economics, there is of course already a lot of cooperation in the cultural sector. There is a keen interest in Germany to engage with Azerbaijan in the cultural field even further. We have just started a new project on the restoration of historic photos in the Shirvanshakh museum. This is not only about the restoration of photos, but also about passing on the best practices,” he said.As Horlemann noted, and this shouldn’t be underestimated, there is a huge exchange of people traveling to Germany, and Azerbaijan.“Human contacts are very important. There are a number of German and Azerbaijani twin cities that have very lively partnerships: Baku with the city of Mainz, Sumgayit with Ludwigshafen. All this is important to promote contacts between the two societies and people, which is practically the basis of everything we do together,” he added.Wrapping up, the ambassador highlighted the importance of the upcoming celebration of the German Unity Day and noted that Azerbaijan and Germany are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year, and, of course, both countries have regained full sovereignty and their independence and became strong independent states, and that has been a very good basis for the development of the relationship.“Of course, for us Germans, the 3rd of October, 1990, when both Germanys were reunited, is of very high historic and political importance, because it also signified the end of the Cold War and the division of Europe. So, it has a European, and even a global dimension. It was the end of the East-West confrontation, and the wall came down. We had an opportunity to reunite Europe as a whole. Of course, when it comes to the German reunification, and then the reconstruction, I talked about it in the context of Karabakh, there was no ready-made plan we had in our drawers. We had to improvise a lot, which was also good, to some extent because we were very flexible. But it was a big task: the East German economic system had to change from a planned economy to a market economy; thousands of billions of Deutschmark and Euros were invested in the infrastructure, raising the standard of living of the East Germans; East Germans gained their freedom overnight, but many also lost their jobs overnight; we had to introduce the Deutschmark in East Germany as a common currency; and so on. This is a generational task, something you cannot conclude even in a decade, it takes a whole generation. Yet, of course, the process is still ongoing. But we have come a long way with bringing both parts of Germany together. It has been a success story. Now, what does it have to do with Azerbaijan? Azerbaijan gained its independence roughly one year after German reunification, so, pretty much the same time. We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations this year, and, of course, both countries have regained full sovereignty and their independence and become strong independent states, and that has been a very good basis for the development of our relationship. Our relationship has developed very dynamically, and we are very optimistic that we can continue on that road,” he concluded. Philharmonic Hall to celebrate birthday of national composer Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Azerbaijani State Philharmonic Hall will mark the 50th anniversary of the pianist and composer, Honored Art Worker Jeyhun Allahverdiyev, on October 7, Azernews reports.During the concert, the Azerbaijani State Symphony Orchestra will perform the composer's works, including Qalaba Overture and Four Romances under the baton of People's Artist Fakhraddin Karimov.The soloists of the program are Honored Artist, Farida Mammadova (soprano), laureate of republican and international competitions, and presidential scholarship recipient, Jamil Sadizada (piano).First and second suites from the ballet "Taj Mahal" and a Concerto For Piano and Symphony Orchestra will sound for the first time.Jeyhun Allahverdiyev is the author of famous concertos for string quartets, symphony, and chamber orchestras. His works are often performed at many international festivals.In 1987, Allahverdiyev, studying in the second year of music school, won first place in the International Piano Competition in Tiraspol. Having become a laureate, he studied for another year and graduated from a music school as an external student in his third year.In 1990, he entered the Department of Composing of the Baku Conservatory (now the Baku Musical Academy) in the class of Professor Arif Malikov.Two years later, he entered the Piano Department, where he studied in the class of teacher Elmira Aliyeva, which he completed in 1997 with a red diploma. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Azerbaijan Union of Composers.Since 1999, Jeyhun Allahverdiyev has been working as a teacher at the Baku Music Academy at the Department of Composing to educate a new generation of composers. He became a professor at Baku Music Academy in 2014. Azerbaijani army’s general staff chief off to Georgia Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani First Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Col-Gen Karim Valiyev, is off to Georgia on an official visit, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.As part of the September 28 visit, Valiyev is expected to discuss the opportunities for the growth of bilateral cooperation in the military, military-technical, military-educational, and other domains, as well as regional security challenges with the opposite side.On December 22, 2021, Azerbaijani Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov and his Georgian counterpart Juansher Burchuladze signed a bilateral cooperation plan for 2022.The military personnel of the two countries held joint drills and joined NATO’s Agile Spirit - 2021 exercises that took place in Georgia from July 26 to August 6, 2021.The exercises included command, staff, and field training as well as airborne operations and live fire, according to the local media.Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia conducted the Eternity-2021 joint military exercises on October 4-8, 2022.The Eternity format of military exercises between the three countries has existed since 2017 when Georgia was the first host, followed up by the exercises in 2018, hosted by Turkey. The three countries signed a partnership agreement in 2018 to further enhance military cooperation between them. Azerbaijan, Germany discuss prospects of economic ties dev't Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:09:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan and Germany have discussed the current state and development directions of the economic partnership between the two countries, Azernews reports.The discussion took place during a meeting between Azerbaijani Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov and German Ambassador Ralf Horlemann.During the meeting, the parties also discussed cooperation prospects in the field of investments, energy, Twinning projects, and business support."During the meeting with Ralf Horlemann, German Ambassador to Azerbaijan (@GerAmb_Baku), we discussed the current state and development directions of the economic partnership between our countries, as well as the cooperation prospects in the fields of #investment-s, #energy, Twinning projects and business support," Mikayil Jabbarov twitted.Azerbaijan and Germany established diplomatic relations on February 20, 1992. On September 2, 1992, Azerbaijan opened its first embassy in Western Europe, in Germany, while on September 22, 1992, Germany established its embassy in Azerbaijan. The two countries are successfully cooperating in various fields of economy. Azerbaijan is the main economic and trade partner of Germany in the South Caucasus.The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Germany amounted to $1.2 billion in 2021. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva view progress of works in a number of ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:07:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have viewed the construction at a new residential complex built in Shusha, in the Shusha hotel and conference center, as well as the conditions created at the building of the Special representation of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Shusha district, restoration work at the Mehmandarovs' Estate Complex, the reconstructed hotel, and the progress of construction work in the building of secondary school No. 1 in the city of Shusha.The head of state and the First Lady were also informed of the major overhaul to be carried out in the administrative building of the apartment utility and maintenance service of the Shusha City State Reserve Department. All achievements of Azerbaijani border guards are result of highest attention and care of ... Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 13:53:00 +0400 By TrendDeputy Head for Logistics at the State Border Service (SBS) of Azerbaijan, Lieutenant-General Javid Abdullayev gave an interview to Trend.- The personnel of the State Border Service (SBS) of Azerbaijan, along with other formations of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, demonstrated great professionalism, heroism and high combat capability during the 2020 Second Karabakh War. It can be said with full confidence that our servicemen adequately coped with the tasks set by the Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief, President Ilham Aliyev. On the second anniversary of the 2020 Second Karabakh War’s outbreak, please share your opinion on the military path gone by the State Border Service of Azerbaijan.- In September 2020, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, President Ilham Aliyev, ordered to launch of counter-offensive operations to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian Armed Forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population. Having received the order to start the combat operations, the State Border Service immediately mobilized all its forces and means.From the first day of the war, Azerbaijani border guards, participating in the combat operations, liberated a large territory from the occupation beginning from the line of contact of troops in the territory of the Fuzuli district to the border with Armenia. During the day, with a lightning attack at a distance of 105 kilometers, they inflicted crushing blows on the Armenian Armed Forces, destroying hundreds of their manpower, raised our state flag on the ancient Khudafarin bridge, in Aghband village of the Zangilan district and in Zangilan city, liberated the Bartaz and Shukurataz strategic heights on the border with Armenia.The combat missions set by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief to the State Border Service were successfully completed. Azerbaijani border guards showed heroism and courage during the liberation of the Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan and Gubadli districts, Hadrut settlement and Shusha city.Using the most modern military technologies, reconnaissance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Second Karabakh War, methods of warfare unexpected for the Armenian Armed Forces, Azerbaijani Armed Forces demonstrated to the world over the years that they are significantly ahead of the Armenian Armed Forces in combat training.This war went down in Western history as the first large-scale war in which UAVs were actively used. As a result of the professional use of the ‘Harop’, ‘Guzgun’ and ‘Hermes’ drones by the State Border Service of Azerbaijan, the strategically important military equipment, anti-aircraft missile systems, including eight S-300 missile systems, tanks, armored fighting vehicles, command posts of Armenian armed forces (totally 290 Armenian military targets).Thanks to UAVs, military equipment, which was used by Armenia for years, turned into scrap iron. During the Second Karabakh War, a unique military experience was formed in the joint combat use of the Israeli-made Harop and the Turkish-made Bayraktar-TB2 UAVs.Another innovation applied by the State Border Service of Azerbaijan in the Second Karabakh War is among those studied in the military schools of the world. So, An-2 aircraft, which completed their service life, were modernized and added to a number of modern combat weapons, such as UAVs. As a result of the special use of these aircraft, Armenian air defense systems and other strategic facilities were detected and neutralized.The Armenian occupation of 20 percent of the territory of Azerbaijan, including 132 kilometers of the border with Iran and up to 500 kilometers of the border with Armenia, was put to an end. The selfless struggle of the greatest commander in the history of Azerbaijan, the victorious Supreme Commander Ilham Aliyev in the military, political and diplomatic arena, the consolidation of our people around the Supreme Commander-in-Chief in ‘Iron Fist’ [motto under which Azerbaijan liberated its lands from the occupation], the military tactical and strategic superiority of our Armed Forces, the invincible fighting spirit of our soldiers ensured a brilliant victory over Armenia in the Second Karabakh War.- After our historic victory, the State Border Service of Azerbaijan continues to serve in the territories liberated from occupation, and decisive and crushing answers are given to any military provocations of Armenia. What can you say about the activities of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan at present in the liberated territories and the border with Armenia?- Azerbaijani border guards serving with great zeal and pride are protecting the interests of our state under the tricolor national flag on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.By instructions of our Victorious Supreme Commander in the liberated territories, complex measures are rapidly continuing to create the necessary border infrastructure, improve the conditions of service and social security for military personnel.On the liberated Iranian-Azerbaijani border, the activity of border outposts was restored in a short time, 19 new complexes of military units responsible for organizing the protection of the border with Armenia, 110 border-combat points, ‘Eyvazli’ and ‘Gazanchi’ checkpoints were built, border control was organized at the Fuzuli International Airport. I’m proud to announce that measures are currently being taken at Zangilan Airport to prepare for the implementation of border control.In the liberated territories, 1,556 hectares were cleared of mines and unexploded ordnances, 1,530 anti-personnel and 1,762 anti-tank mines, as well as 245 unexploded ordnances were found and neutralized, new roads were laid on a 106-kilometer section, and major and current road repairs were carried out on 225 kilometers.The operational conditions along the entire line of the state border, including the border with Armenia, are under our control, and any threats which may be directed against our border security will continue to be resolutely suppressed.- Today, along with other types of troops, the State Border Service is also steadily increasing its combat capability, and the supply of the latest ammunition is increasing. At the same time, the professionalism of the personnel is being raised, and the patriotic spirit is being further strengthened. What can you say about it?- Of course, the combat effectiveness of the State Fire Service, as well as other types of troops, is steadily growing, and the supply of weapons, ammunition, and military equipment that meets the most modern standards is increasing. Many issues which were once considered difficult to solve have already been successfully resolved.These resolved issues include the creation of a modern infrastructure for the border guard on the northern and northwestern borders, border aviation, coast guard, the introduction of satellite technologies for protecting the state border, the use of radar systems, mobile and stationary surveillance equipment and electro-optical equipment at border points.The above issues also include the creation of service and internal digital information system, meeting modern requirements, at the center of shipbuilding and repair of the coast guard of the State Border Service, the construction of Tufan and Shahdagh border patrol ships, capable of performing service and combat missions in difficult conditions in the Caspian Sea, and the creation of special air operations forces as part of the State Border Service.Besides, the experience of Azerbaijani border guards in the effective combat use of UAVs was recognized as exemplary by the armies of most foreign states, and a perfect system of military training in the State Border Service was formed through the creation of the Academy and a special school of the State Border Service, an example of which is the training of cadets of border structures of foreign states at the Academy of the State Border Service and the receipt of requests from foreign colleagues in connection with this, measures were taken to improve the social and living conditions, including housing conditions, of border guards.Each of these achievements is a result of the highest attention and care of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev on the border guards. The level of border security directly depends on the level of professionalism of the border guards.Border guards, continuously organizing service along the borders of our country with various types of military weapons, equipment and means, must have high moral, psychological, physical and tactical training, as well as to fully master military equipment and weapons, other specific devices and means, to be able to successfully apply them in daily activities. Therefore, the provision of highly qualified personnel is important. We try to adequately fulfill all our obligations.- Can you please provide information on the future directions of the State Border Service, and the tasks set for improving combat and service activities?- As a result of the measures taken to improve the protection of the state border, strengthen the material and technical base of the State Border Service units, and improve the social and living conditions of the military servicemen, today a powerful border security infrastructure meeting modern requirements has been created in Azerbaijan.Today, the State Border Service is a structure capable of performing its tasks at the highest level, provided with professional personnel, modern weapons and equipment. We can proudly note that the material and technical base of the State Border Service units is being strengthened, and new weapons, military equipment, special equipment, highly maneuverable vehicles, equipment and protective means are being acquired.Conditions are being created for the personnel to fully master the new weapons and equipment they have received, and the skills of the perfect practical application of theoretical knowledge are being trained. The effectiveness of consistently implemented reforms in all spheres of service is reflected, first of all, in the final indicators.The level of protection of our borders is increasing. Operational conditions along the entire line of the state border, including on the border with Armenia, are under our complete control. Any threat or provocation which may be directed against our border security is being suppressed and will continue to be resolutely suppressed.The above mentioned processes of construction, improvement and development under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev will continue successfully in the future. Our goal is to ensure the inviolability of the borders of the Motherland, faithfully serving the state interests. Maksud Ibrahimbayov Center awards winners of art competition Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Sep 2022 13:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaMaksud Ibrahimbayov Creativity Center has awarded the winners of the contest "If I were an artist of this book", Azernews reports, citing Azertac.The competition was held by the 3 Alma branch of the TEAS Press Publishing House with the support of the Maksud Ibrahimbayov Creativity Center, ECAZ (Art&Hobby Shop), and the L?BRAFF bookstore chain.At the awarding ceremony, the director of Maksud Ibrahimbayov Creativity Center, Anna Ibrahimbayova, said that the competition was held in order to create opportunities for children and adolescents to effectively spend their summer holidays, stimulate their creativity, improve their approach to the cultural environment and develop their artistic taste.The art contest increases interest in reading and promotes Azerbaijan's cultural heritage.Both Azerbaijani-speaking and Russian-speaking readers could take part in the competition. It should be noted that Maksud Ibrahimbayov's book "The Last Night of Childhood" was published by 3 Alma branch in Russian and Azerbaijani languages.The main condition for participation in the competition was the reading of the book and the creation of artistic illustrations for it. The winners were awarded cash and valuable prizes as well as certificates.The Maksud Ibrahimbayov Creativity Center is a museum dedicated to Azerbaijani writer Maksud Ibrahimbayov.Being an important cultural facility, the building was included in the list of historical monuments of the Icharishahar Reserve in 2001.With the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, restoration work was carried out in the building in 2016-2017.There is a library and a conference room on the first floor of the center. The writer's office and a literary room with his books published in different languages are located on the second floor.Among the exhibits are orders, medals, deputy mandates, certificates of honor, posters of performances, as well as a document on the nomination of the writer for the Nobel Prize in 2012.The center is engaged in supporting young writers and poets and disseminating information about Azerbaijani literature and culture.A creative space for young people has also been created at the center. Azerbaijani media captains attending World News Media Congress in Spain Society Wed, 28 Sep 2022 13:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani media captains, Ilgar Huseynov, Trend News Agency Director-General, as well as MP Sevil Mikayilova, Azerxeber-Azernews newspaper editor-in-chief, are attending the World News Media Congress in Zaragoza, Spain, Azernews reports.His Majesty, King Felipe VI of Spain, is also expected to make a remark during the Golden Pen of Freedom 2022 event at WAN-World IFRA's News Media Congress in Zaragoza this week.The annual congress is organized by WAN-IFRA (the World Association of News Publishers), whose mission is to promote the rights of journalists and publishers worldwide to run independent media.Felipe and Letizia, King and Queen of Spain, are Honorary Presidents of this event, which brings together over 1,000 publishers, journalists, and industry leaders from 75 countries and six continents.Over the course of three days, over 100 speakers from top news organizations will reflect on the journalistic business, its strategies, and the solutions chosen to ensure the sustainability of the media. The program includes hundreds of round tables as well as three excellent fora, including the World Summit of Media Leaders, the World Editors Summit, and the Women in News Summit.According to Vincent Peyregne, CEO of WAN-IFRA, the congress is taking place at a critical moment.“As we face unprecedented challenges, solidarity and support are needed to defend press freedom and to ensure independent journalism and the media can continue to play their key role in society,” she stressedAs the congress opens on September 28, World News Day will be observed in newsrooms of all sizes across six continents.The campaign will see global newsrooms carry print and digital advertising – as well as leveraging their social channels – to highlight the critical message that journalism matters and is worth supporting, promoting and defending.The event will also be the center of a 90-minute live-streamed in-person event from The World News Media Congress, including speakers from around the world. Culture minister visits cultural institutions in Aghdash Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Sep 2022 13:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani Culture Minister Anar Karimov continues his visits to the regional cultural institutions, Azernews reports citing the ministry.The main purpose of the visit is to improve the Culture Ministry's activities, and management system by increasing the efficiency of the work in the cultural institutions.After meeting with Agdash citizens, the minister viewed Agdash Cultural Center, which is planned to be renovated by the ministry.The minister was briefed on the plan for a major overhaul of the institution. Anar Karimov gave instructions and recommendations regarding the repairs there.The minister also visited the Agdash Museum of Local History, which has been operating since 1986.Anar Karimov was informed that for a long time, the museum operated in Haji Muhammad Agha House, a historical monument of local importance.The museum fund contains 6,758 exhibits, 1,100 of which are on permanent display.The minister also got acquainted with the activities of the Gabil Aliyev Children's Music School No. 1.The school provides classes on musical instruments, like piano, tar, kamancha, accordion, clarinet and naghara. The school employs 125 teachers.Around 460 students are currently studying in the music school.At the end of his trip, Anar Karimov visited Aghdash Central Library, which holds about 400,000 books as well as the Magsud Sheikhzade House Museum.Uzbek writer Magsud Sheikhzade contributed to the development of the Azerbaijani-Uzbek literary ties.Recall that Anar Karimov previously visited a number of cultural institutions in Goycay.Anar Karimov got acquainted with the activities of a number of historical monuments and cultural institutions, where he was informed about the material and technical capabilities of the institutions, their current state, and their activities.The minister visited the Alley of Martyrs, Heydar Aliyev Center, Goycay Museum of Local Lore, the Bigir Rural House of Folklore, Rasul Rza Cultural Center, Goychay Central Library, Arif Mammadov Children's Music School, etc.In Bigir village, he paid tribute to the soldiers of the Caucasus Islamic Army, who died in the fight against the Bolshevik-Dashnak units, who committed massacres in Azerbaijan in 1918. Azerbaijan determines excise tax rate for e-cigarettes Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:53:00 +0400 By TrendThe excise rate for products containing tobacco or reconstituted tobacco intended for electronic cigarettes has been determined in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.The Cabinet of Ministers has made relevant changes to the "Excise duties for imported excise goods into the Republic of Azerbaijan".An excise tax rate of 14 manat ($8.2) has been set for 1,000 units of the product.The corresponding decision will enter into force 30 days after its publication. Azerbaijan building new schools in liberated Karabakh lands Society Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliNew schools are being built in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, Deputy Minister of Science and Education Firudin Gurbanov said.According to Gurbanov, the construction of schools in Shusha, Aghdam and Jabrayil continue. The minister noted that during the 30 years of occupation in Karabakh, nearly 600 historical monuments, samples of national cultural heritage, and about 1,000 educational institutions were destroyed.“Today we can proudly say that creative work is underway in the liberated territories, large projects are being implemented by order of the head of state," the minister added.Currently, work is underway to restore Azerbaijan's liberated lands. Azerbaijan will rebuild its recently liberated areas in four stages. The initial stage includes the solution of the issues of governance and security, and infrastructure, while the subsequent stages include the solution of the issues of social services activities, reconstruction, and development of the economy.In 2021, Azerbaijan allocated $1.5 billion for the reconstruction of liberated territories, followed by AZN 2.2 billion ($1.2 billion) in 2022. These funds will be used primarily to restore infrastructure (electricity, gas, water, communications, roads, education, health, and so on) as well as cultural and historical monuments. Azerbaijan's non-oil, gas production up by 9 pct Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:21:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan increased the volume of production in the non-oil and gas sector by 9 percent in the first eight months of 2022, Azernews reports, citing the State Statistics Committee.In the meantime, the volume of production in the oil and gas sector decreased by 1.6 percent.Industrial products worth AZN56.1 billion ($32.9bn) were produced, which is 0.1 percent less compared to the same months of 2021.Some 75.5 percent of the industrial output was produced in the mining sector, 20.6 percent in the manufacturing sector, 3.3 percent in the production, distribution, and supply of electricity, gas, and steam, and 0.6 percent in the sector of water supply, waste treatment, and disposal sector.Moreover, commercial oil production in the mining sector dropped by 5.2 percent, while commercial gas production increased by 11.3 percent.The volume of output in the production sector, distribution, and supply of electricity, gas, and steam increased by 2.4 percent, while the volume of production in the sector of water supply, waste treatment, and disposal increased by 5.1 percent.Additionally, the production of pharmaceutical products in the manufacturing sector grew by 76.7 percent, leather and leather goods by 59.9 percent, electronic equipment by 50.1 percent, furniture by 49.8 percent, textile by 47.3 percent, finished metal products by 35.9 percent, machinery, and equipment by 38.5 percent, printing products 27.3 percent, computer, electronic and optical products by 25.9 percent, construction materials by 21.7 percent, food products by 13.2 percent, wood and wood processing products by 12.2 percent, rubber and plastic products by 8.5 percent, chemical products by 7.1 percent and tobacco products by 2.4 percent.In the meantime, production in the sphere of installation and repair of machinery and equipment by 22.1 percent, oil products by 10.3 percent, and beverage products by 6.1 percent. UN remains committed to promoting peace, prosperity in South Caucasus Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovThe United Nations remains committed to promoting peace, and prosperity in the South Caucasus, Azernews reports, citing the organization’s office in Azerbaijan."On 27 September, we remember those who lost their lives in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured. The UN remains committed to working towards peace and advancement of SDGs in South Caucasus," the office wrote on its Twitter page on the occasion of the second anniversary of the beginning of the second Karabakh war.Similarly, Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan George Deek paid a tribute to the memories of martyrs on September 27 Remembrance Day."Today on Memorial Day, we remember, together with our friends in Azerbaijan and the region, the victims of the [Karabakh] conflict. We extend our deepest condolences to their families. We pray for peace in the South Caucasus that will ensure a future of dignity to all," the ambassador tweeted.Azerbaijan commemorates Remembrance Day on September 27 as a mark of heartfelt respect for the troops and officers, who valiantly fought in the 44-day war in 2020 and offered their lives for the country's territorial integrity.On September 27, 2020, in response to a large-scale provocation of the Armenian armed forces along the frontline, the Azerbaijani army launched a counter-offensive operation.The 44-day war put an end to nearly 30 years of occupation, and ensured the liberation of Azerbaijan's lands and the restoration of the country's territorial integrity.A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army won a brilliant victory over the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city. Azerbaijani, Armenian senior officials discuss peace agenda in Washington Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani presidential top aide Hikmat Hajiyev and Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan have discussed the peace agenda in Washington, under the auspice of US national security advisor Jake Sullivan, Azernews reports."Today, I hosted Hikmat Hajiyev and Armen Grigoryan for direct and constructive talks. We discussed the importance of avoiding further violence and pursuing time-bound and focused negotiations. We also identified concrete steps forward in support of a stable and lasting peace," Sullivan wrote on his Twitter page on September 28."We thank the US for arranging the meeting and efforts to ensure sustainable regional peace. The meeting results were reported by Jake Sullivan in an agreed way. The major point here is to continue working on the peace agenda within a specific timeline. The meeting addressed peace agreement negotiations, border delimitation, the opening of transport lines, as well as issues regarding landmines and missing persons, which are part of the humanitarian agenda," Hajiyev said.The previous meeting between Hajiyev and Grigoryan was held under the auspice of EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar on August 19.“Good and substantive discussions in Brussels [were held] today on Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and EU engagement with Hikmet Hajiyev and Armen Grigoryan," Klaar tweeted.Furthermore, Hajiyev discussed the Azerbaijani-US cooperation issues with representatives of US analytical centers, Azernews reports, citing the Azerbaijani embassy in the US.“Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Azerbaijan H. Hajiyev had a meeting with the representatives of various prominent think tanks at the Heritage Foundation. Azerbaijan-US partnership, ongoing peace talks with Armenia, as well as regional and global issues were discussed,” the embassy tweeted.Despite the recent border provocations carried out by the Armenian armed forces against Azerbaijan on September 12-14, Baku reaffirmed its readiness for urgent negotiations between the leaders towards ensuring lasting peace in line with the trilateral statements and the results of the meeting in Brussels. Chief Advisor to Turkish President honors memory of heroic martyrs [VIDEO] Politics Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MammadliTürkiye honors the memory of heroic martyrs of the Second Karabakh War, Chief Advisor to the Turkish President Yalchin Topchu said, Azernews reports via Trend.He stated that Azerbaijani martyrs sacrificed their lives for the liberation of their native lands from Armenian occupation and thus inscribed their names in history.September 27 marks two years since the start of the Second Karabakh War.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.75; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Minister: Azerbaijan set to continue cooperation with ITU for ICT sector dev’t Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:39:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan intends to continue cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to expand the inter-country dialog in the ICT sector, Digital Development and Transport Minister Rashad Nabiyev said at the plenipotentiary conference of the ITU, Azernews reports.The minister noted that Azerbaijan has been an active member of the ITU since 1992 and the ITU Council since 2014.“We intend to continue cooperation with this prestigious international organization in order to expand the inter-country dialogue in the ICT sector,” he said.Noting that building a creative and innovative society in Azerbaijan is possible only through digital transformation, he stated that a number of state programs, aimed at accelerating digital transformation, were adopted and are developing.“We continue to invest in the country’s broadband infrastructure and are implementing national broadband projects using GPON and LTE technologies,” he said.Moreover, Rashad Nabiyev stated that at the regional level, Azerbaijan is the initiator of the Trans-Caspian Fibre-Optic Cable Line project to lay a fiber-optic cable line between Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan along the Caspian seabed.“This initiative will create opportunities for the emergence of digital services in the countries of the South Caucasus, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. These projects are of great importance, and we need to gather our resources and create synergies to bring the benefits of ICT to all peoples and all segments of society,” he said.The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference is being held in Bucharest, Romania from September 26 to October 14, 2022. Azerbaijan is represented by a delegation headed by Digital Development and Transport Minister Rashad Nabiyev.To note, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which takes place every four years, elects the secretary-general, deputy secretary-general of the organization, directors of the bureau, including members of the ITU Radio Regulations Committee and the Council, the governing body of the ITU. In these elections, Azerbaijan was nominated to the ITU Council for 2023–2026 and a representative of the ministry, Sahiba Abdullayeva, was nominated to the organization’s Radio Regulations Committee. Azerbaijani energy minister to attend OTS's energy ministers meeting in Almaty Business Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan's Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov will participate in the 2nd Meeting of Energy Ministers of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS), which will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on September 28, Azernews reports.The meeting will focus on cooperation in the oil and gas, petrochemical, renewable, and smart energy, energy efficiency, green energy transition, and sustainable energy development sectors.Parviz Shahbazov's speech and bilateral meetings are planned to be held within the meeting.Hosted by Kazakhstan's Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov and moderated by the Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Baghdad Amreyev, the ministerial meeting will be attended by the ministers in charge of energy of the OTS member and observer states."The agenda of the high-level meeting will cover the following items: Follow-up of the issues raised at the 1st OTS online Ministerial and Working Group Meetings on Energy; discussions on exchanging experience in the field of energy efficiency; briefings on the exchange of best practices/ training programs, proposals on organizing future training programs/webinars; discussions on the establishment of the OTS Coordination Committee for Energy Cooperation; finalizing the OTS Program on Energy Cooperation for 2023-2027 and its Action Sheet," OTS's press service reported. DokuBaku. Country's first independent documentary film festival Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:12:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe 6th edition of the DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival has been held in Baku, Azernews reports.Since 2017, the film festival presents some of the best documentaries under the leadership of Imam Hasanov.Known as the country's first independent and international documentary film festival, DokuBaku aims to showcase documentaries from around the world.The festival also intends to find new names and support local documentary filmmakers.DokuBaku 2022 was also full of bright and interesting events, which cinema lovers liked very much.Around 65 documentaries from 33 countries were screened as part of the festival devoted to the theme "Revolution Against Evolution" (Re?MC2VOLUTiON/OFF).This year's program contained films made by both aspiring and experienced directors.Most of the presented films were devoted to the search for a human in the modern world and the choice of his way - revolutionary or evolutionary.The human race no longer relies on evolution. Today people are more concerned with science, which counterbalances the natural development of species.The speed of life is increasing day by day and slowing it down seems impossible.Our existence on Earth stands for no patience – rush, urgency, and promptness have become our reality. Another problem of today’s society is a lack of energy. In a daily whirlpool of events, people get fewer and fewer sources to fill the shortage of inner spiritual strength. Sleep and medication do not help. Some turn to nature and meditation to replenish their body and soul with power. However, we all can be late to the next dawn, if humanity does not reconsider its attitude toward time and resources.For its sixth edition, DokuBaku arranged the retrospective of four films by Kazakh filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy, whose feature film Tulpan, was Kazakhstan's Academy Awards official submission to Foreign Language Film category.The festival winners were selected by an international and local jury.The film Hey, Gunesh directed by Marita Tevzadze and Ana Jegnaradze (Georgia) took first place in the Best International Short Film category.Matlab Mukhtarov's film 12/35 was named Best Azerbaijani Short Film, while Amil Amal's film "A home on the volcano'' was awarded a special jury prize.Rishi Chandna's Party Poster (India) and Sarah Bahramjahan's Childfree (Iran) were also awarded with special prizes.The Azerbaijani film Looking for a Hero by Ilkin Yusif and the French film A Thousand Fires by Saeed Taji Farouky was selected the best feature films in the No-Main Competition.The film Crotch stories by Myleine Guiard- Schmid (Belgium) was announced as the best short film in the No-Main Competition.The Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film Mamody, the last baobab digger by Cyrille Cornu (France).The Balcony movie by Polish director Pawel Lozinski was named Best Feature Film.The festival's special jury prize went to the Gods of Mexico by Helmut Dosantos and Alis by Nicolas van Hemelrik and Claire Weisskopf.Special iCyborg prizes were also presented to the masters of Azerbaijani and international filmmaking for special merits in cinematography. Among them were Sergey Dvortsevoy, Pawel Lozinski, Reza Deghati and Jeyhun Mirzoyev.Alakbar Huseynov, who is better known by his stage name Alakbar Ami (Uncle Alakbar), was also awarded the iHuman for his contribution to the development of theatrical art for children.The sponsors of the festival were Free Art Pro, the Azerbaijan Culture Ministry, and the Azerbaijan Union of Filmmakers.