Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Azerbaijani, Hungarian presidents hold meeting in expanded format [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231097.html Politics Mon, 30 Jan 2023 15:25:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with President of Hungary Katalin Novak in an expanded format.to be updated Azerbaijani, Hungarian presidents hold one-on-one meeting [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231096.html Politics Mon, 30 Jan 2023 15:21:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev had a one-on-one meeting with President of Hungary Katalin Novak in Budapest.to be updated President Ilham Aliyev pays homage to grave of Unknown Soldier in Budapest [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231094.html Politics Mon, 30 Jan 2023 13:08:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Budapest.A guard of honor was lined up for the head of state here.President Ilham Aliyev laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Official welcome ceremony held for President Ilham Aliyev in Budapest [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231093.html Politics Mon, 30 Jan 2023 12:37:00 +0400 An official welcome ceremony has been held for Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at Kossuth Lajos Square in Budapest, Hungary.A guard of honor was arranged for President Ilham Aliyev at the square decorated with the national flags of Azerbaijan and Hungary.President of Hungary Katalin Novák welcomed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.The chief of the guard of honor reported to the Azerbaijani president.The military orchestra played the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Hungary. The presidents reviewed the guard of honor.Members of the Azerbaijani delegation were introduced to President Katalin Novák, while state and government officials of Hungary were introduced to President Ilham Aliyev.The heads of state posed together for photographs.The guard of honor marched in front of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and President of Hungary Katalin Novák. Azerbaijan holds Iran responsible for Tehran embassy terror attack & for its dire consequences http://www.today.az/news/politics/231092.html Politics Mon, 30 Jan 2023 09:59:00 +0400 A plane carrying the body of the killed embassy security chief, Orxan Asgarov, as well as the diplomats and their family members, landed at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Airport on January 29.In the meantime, speaking to reporters at the Baku airport, Deputy Foreign Minister Xalaf Xalafov held Iran responsible for the terrorist attack and its grave consequences."On January 27, at about 0830 hours, an armed terrorist attack was carried out on the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran," Deputy Foreign Minister Xalaf Xalafov said, adding that the incident was unexpected."Because such incidents are unlikely, generally unacceptable. According to the relevant articles of the Vienna Convention, the country that hosts the embassy is responsible for its security. Iran, as a state, is responsible for the terrorist act and its grave consequences," the deputy minister said.He added that Azerbaijan's demands were brought to the attention of the Iranian ambassador in Baku."After this incident, we invited the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the ministry. Based on the preliminary information we have, we brought Azerbaijan's demands to the attention of the Iranian ambassador," Xalafov added."Our main requirement is that Iran, as a responsible state, within the framework of its international obligations, must conduct a thorough, detailed, and transparent investigation into the terrorist act," Xalaf Xalafov said.In remarks about the activities of Azerbaijan's consulate general in Tabriz, the deputy foreign minister said it is functioning, and responsible for the protection of Azerbaijan’s consulate general in Tabriz and ensuring the safety of the consulate staff lie with Iran."Protecting our consulate general in Tabriz and ensuring the safety of people working there is entirely the responsibility of the Iranian government. We hope that the Iranian state, having drawn the appropriate conclusions from the terrorist attack, will not allow such situations to occur in the future," Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Xalaf Xalafov said."Each state that hosts embassy staff must remain loyal to its obligations," Xalaf Xalafov added.The deputy foreign minister added that Azerbaijan repeatedly raised the issue of the security of the embassy with relevant Iranian agencies though no proper measures were taken."Why are we saying this? Because we have repeatedly brought to the attention of the Iranian side that there are threats against the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the territory of Iran," Xalafov said.The deputy foreign minister regretted that Azerbaijan received a martyr from a neighboring state."Unfortunately, we have accepted a martyr from a neighboring state. The Azerbaijani embassy for the first time accepted a martyr. Both Orxan Asgarov and the wounded were able to prevent the more serious consequences of the terrorist act at the cost of their blood," Xalaf Xalafov added."They showed heroism. They did it in the name of the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan," Xalaf Xalafov added. Azerbaijan completely suspends Tehran embassy operations, evacuates staff http://www.today.az/news/politics/231091.html Politics Mon, 30 Jan 2023 08:00:00 +0400 Azerbaijan has completely suspended the activities of its embassy in Tehran and evacuated 53 persons, Azernews reports."We have completely suspended the diplomatic activities of the embassy," Deputy Foreign Minister Xalaf Xalafov told reporters on 29 January."There are certain speculations that it has not suspended its activities. But it has completely suspended. Five people are remaining there for the protection of the administrative building and property of the embassy, those who remain in the embassy will not carry out diplomatic activities," Xalafov elaborated.“We do not trust Iran regarding the security of our embassy staff,” he added."The termination of diplomatic activity in any country is a responsible decision. But we do not have confidence in Iran regarding the safety of our embassy staff. We have brought this to Iran’s attention," Xalaf Xalafov said. Azerbaijani president paying official visit to Hungary [PHOTO/VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231095.html Politics Sun, 29 Jan 2023 16:37:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has arrived in Hungary for an official visit, Azernews reports with reference to Azertac news agency.A guard of honor was lined up for the president at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.President Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva were welcomed by Hungarian Minister of Defence Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Advisor for International Affairs and Diplomacy to the Hungarian President Kristóf Altusz, and other officials. Türkiye to increase gold production to reduce imports: Erdogan http://www.today.az/news/regions/231090.html World news Sun, 29 Jan 2023 09:12:00 +0400 Türkiye will increase its efforts to produce more gold in order to reduce imports, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, informing that the new gold mine inaugurated in western Anatolia will gradually generate 6.5 tons of gold annually.“Our gold production, which was almost zero in 2000, broke the record of the history of the Republic [of Türkiye] with 42 tons in 2020. According to the data of the last five years, our average production is around 35 tons,” Erdogan said at the ceremony of the opening Gubretas Gold Mine in Sogüt province of Bilecik in western Anatolia on Jan. 27.Türkiye produced around 455 tons of gold in 16 different mines since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government came to power, Erdogan said, “With the new discoveries, we are aiming to increase our production. This will be important in terms of foreign trade balance.”Gold along with oil is the commodity Türkiye is mostly importing, the president said, also vowing to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign sources by benefiting more from the national reserves.“For very many years, Türkiye could not benefit from its potential in the field of precious metal. Türkiye has been subject to a significant number of plots [to hinder its precious metal sector] in the pretext of environmentalism,” the president said, adding they never allowed these blockages to prevent from developing the sector.“Last year, our mineral exports increased by 9.1 percent compared to the previous year and reached $6.5 billion, breaking the record in the history of the Republic in this field,” he stated. “We have increased the contribution of our mining industry to the gross domestic product from 11 billion Turkish Liras to 93 billion liras in the last 14 years.”Erdogan recalled that Türkiye is doing its best in order to use all the energy sources across the country, including renewable energy and hydrocarbon reserves.“Türkiye is writing its own history in the field of renewable energy. Though some have just discovered solar and wind energy, we have jumped to fifth in Europe and 12th in the world in renewable energy,” he informed.On natural gas, some 50 vessels and more than 10,000 workers are working day and night to bring the natural gas discovered in the Black Sea to the national distribution network at the end of March, president underlined.Erdogan also stressed that the first unit of Türkiye’s first Nuclear Power Plant will continue to generate electricity in 2023. US tells Türkiye, Sweden, Finland to solve issues among themselves http://www.today.az/news/regions/231089.html World news Sun, 29 Jan 2023 08:09:00 +0400 U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby called on Türkiye, Sweden and Finland to continue to work together to settle disagreements on the Nordic countries’ NATO bid."We urge Turkey to continue to work with both Sweden and Finland to work through these concerns so that we can get to accession into NATO as soon as possible," Kirby told reporters in a news conference on Friday.Noting that Washington is aware of Ankara’s concerns regarding the countries’ NATO membership, Kirby said the U.S. strongly supports their membership, but on the other side, the three countries should solve disagreements among themselves. Azerbaijan talks prevailing share of women teachers in country's education sector http://www.today.az/news/business/231088.html Business Sat, 28 Jan 2023 23:16:00 +0400 The proportion of women among teachers in Azerbaijan is 90 percent, Minister of Science and Education of Azerbaijan Emin Amrullayev said during an event dedicated to the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] festival.“Besides, Azerbaijan some time ago ranked second in the number of women with a Ph.D. We are confident that this indicator and other indicators of women's leadership will only grow in the future," he added.STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] is a new approach in education, when all branches of natural science and technical knowledge are combined, and the student receives this knowledge not from a textbook, but through solving creative tasks. Turkish ambassador attends mourning ceremony for victim of terrorist attack on Azerbaijani ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/231087.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 22:53:00 +0400 Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Cahit Bagci has taken part in a mourning ceremony in connection with the death of Head of Security Service of Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran Orkhan Asgarov as a result of a terrorist attack on the embassy, Azernews reports via the tweet of Bagci."Together with our military attaches, advisers and diplomats, we expressed condolences to Orkhan Asgarov's father - Rizvan Asgarov, his uncle and other relatives. Türkiye is always close to Azerbaijan," the tweet said.As reported earlier, the head of the security guard of the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran was killed, two other employees were wounded in the armed attack on the building on January 27 at about 0830 hours (GMT+4).The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50s, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated. Azerbaijani army holds combat training drills for engineering troops http://www.today.az/news/politics/231086.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 22:17:00 +0400 Combat training exercises are being conducted with engineering units of Azerbaijan in accordance with the plan approved by Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, Azernews reports per Defense Ministry.According to the plan, the engineering units carry out the tasks of engineering support for combat operations in difficult operational conditions.At the exercises involving specialists from other government agencies, the main attention has been paid to the further improvement of the professional level and combat training skills of military personnel performing engineering support, as well as the skills for the effective use of modern engineering equipment and equipment adopted for service.The personnel involved in the exercises are performing practical tasks to detect and clearance of mines and unexploded ordnances, overcoming water barriers by building pontoon bridge crossings, opening passages in various ways in minefields, overcoming obstacles and other tasks.The exercises conducted to increase the combat readiness of the personnel of the engineering units of the Azerbaijani army continue. Azerbaijan's Parliament condemns terrorist act in Tehran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231085.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 21:54:00 +0400 The Azerbaijani Parliament has strongly condemned the terrorist act against the country's embassy in Iran committed on January 27, 2023, Azernews reports.The Parliament noted that the responsibility for the act lies on Iran since in accordance with the Vienna Convention of 1961, the host country is obliged to ensure the security of diplomatic missions and their employees."Unfortunately, Iran has been conducting smear campaigns against Azerbaijan in recent days. In this regard, taking measures to prevent possible attacks on Azerbaijan's diplomatic missions should have been the focal point of Iranian law enforcement agencies. As it is, the possibility of an armed person's free penetration into the administrative building of the embassy, where a special security regime operates, raises serious questions. We consider Iran's statements about the reasons for this brutal attack to be unsatisfactory. We demand a thorough investigation of the incident, the punishment of all those responsible, including those behind this bloody criminal act, as well as the disclosure of the circumstances that resulted in the terrorist act. The customers, instigators, and perpetrators of the terrorist act against the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran should also know that under no circumstances will they be able to carry out their dirty intentions. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and relatives of the victim, as well as wish a speedy recovery to the wounded," the parliament said. Gymnasts from 56 countries to arrive in Baku for Artistic Gymnastics World Cup http://www.today.az/news/sports/231076.html Sports Sat, 28 Jan 2023 21:16:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaThe National Gymnastics Arena will host the 2023 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup on March 9-12, Azernews reports.Some of the best gymnasts from a record number of countries (56) are expected to participate in the World Cup.Based on the results of the four-day competition, the gymnasts with the highest score will also be awarded the traditional AGF Trophy Cup.Detailed information about the competition will be regularly updated on the website of the federation.The tickets to the competition are available on iTicket.az. For detailed information, please visit the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation's website.Founded in 1956, the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation comprises seven gymnastics disciplines recognized by the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG).The federation has been experiencing a revival since 2002. The restructured federation has brought gymnastics to a completely new level. The high-level organization of the gymnastics events did not remain unnoticed.The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has included the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) in the list of meritorious federations.For many years, the AGF has been included in the FIG list of the Top 10 gymnastics federations.From 2014 to 2019, the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation was included in the list of FIG's 10 strongest federations and for the last three years, it has topped the list. Caucasus Muslims Offiice strongly condemns terror attack on Azerbaijani Embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/231083.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 20:51:00 +0400 The Caucasus Muslims Office (CMO) has strongly condemned the attack on Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran in a statement, Azernews reports."The brutal terrorist attack on Azerbaijan's embassy is unequivocally directed against our country and runs counter to international law. We extend deep condolences to the family of Senior Lieutenant Orkhan Asqarov, who died while ensuring the embassy's security, and wish a speedy recovery to the embassy security guard who suffered during the bloody attack," the office said.According to the statement, following international law and diplomatic law, Iran is responsible for the attack on the embassy. This infringed upon the principle of the inviolability of diplomatic missions. In accordance with the Vienna Convention of 1961, the host country is obliged to ensure the security of diplomatic missions and their employees."As a religious institution, we declare that the country supplying military aid to Armenia, which transformed mosques into pigsties, committed the Khojaly genocide, forced a million Azerbaijanis to leave their native lands – is a direct threat to the national interests of Azerbaijan. Unlike other Muslim countries, which didn't establish political and diplomatic relations with the aggressor-country and made statements condemning the occupation, Iran further enhanced all-inclusive cooperation with Armenia, thus ignoring the resolutions adopted within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)," the Office noted.The forces behind the provocations against Azerbaijan should know that the Azerbaijani Muslims condemn incitement and other actions directed against our country.The attack on the Azerbaijani embassy is an unacceptable provocation, and Azerbaijan demands that the Iranian government take the necessary measures and urgently punish perpetrators of this crime, the Office said. Azerbaijan detains organized criminal group led by Iranian citizen http://www.today.az/news/politics/231082.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 20:14:00 +0400 An organized criminal group led by an Iranian citizen, who arranged drug trafficking in Azerbaijan, has been detained, following operations carried out by police officers, the Press Service of Azerbaijan'a Internal Ministry reported.According to the press service, nearly 11 kilograms of drugs and psychotropic methamphetamine substance were seized.So, on the basis of operational information received by the Main Department for Combating Organized Crime under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an Iranian citizen Omid Karimi, who temporarily resided in Baku, and Asif Beliyev, who was involved in the sale of drugs with him, were detained. About two kilograms of opium, marijuana, as well as electronic scales were found in these persons and at their place of residence.Following the operational activities, other members of the gang involved in the sale of drugs Rufan Azeri, Mikayil Rzayev, Ilgar Yunusov, Nahid Abbasov, Khagani Azizli, Shamistan Teymurov, Yunus Mukhtarov and Muhammad Hasanov were detained in Baku.A total of about nine kilograms of heroin, methamphetamine, opium, psychotropic drugs were found in these persons, in their cars and at their addresses.In connection with the above facts, criminal cases were opened under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.With regard to the listed persons, a measure of restraint in the form of arrest was chosen. Operative measures are ongoing to detain other members of the drug network, which included these persons. Azerbaijan registers 33 more COVID-19 cases, 21 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/231081.html Society Sat, 28 Jan 2023 19:48:00 +0400 Azerbaijan has detected 33 new COVID-19 cases, 21 patients have recovered, and one patient has died, Azernews reports per Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 827,880 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 817,562 of them have recovered, and 10,081 people have died. Currently, 237 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 1,917 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 7,483,242 tests have been conducted so far.A total of 353 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan.The first dose of the vaccine was injected into 122 citizens, the second dose – 34 citizens, while the third dose and the next doses were received by 173 citizens. As many as 24 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.Totally, up until now, 13,941,883 vaccine doses were administered, 5,402,073 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4,876,873 people – the second dose, 3,397,733 people – the third dose, and the next doses. Azerbaijan sending plane to Tehran to evacuate staff of its embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/231080.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 19:12:00 +0400 Azerbaijan is sending a plane to Tehran to evacuate staff of the country’s embassy, Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Aykhan Hajizada said, Azernews reports. According to Hajizada, this plane will deliver the embassy staff, members of their families, and the body of martyr Orkhan Asgarov to Azerbaijan. He will be buried in the second Alley of Martyrs in Baku.As reported earlier, the head of the security guard of the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran was killed, two other employees were wounded in the armed attack on the building on January 27 at about 0830 hours (GMT+4).The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50s, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated. OSCE SecGen condemns attack on Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231079.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 18:45:00 +0400 Secretary General of the OSCE Helga Schmid has condemned the attack at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran, Azernews reports.“Deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the person killed and wishes for the recovery of those injured,” she said.As reported earlier, the head of the security guard of the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran was killed, two other employees were wounded in the armed attack on the building on January 27 at about 0830 hours (GMT+4).The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50s, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated. Azerbaijan joins Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2023 http://www.today.az/news/sports/231077.html Sports Sat, 28 Jan 2023 18:13:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaThe Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2023 has started in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Azernews reports.Azerbaijan's Land of Fire team is among six polo teams, which joined the Snow Polo World Cup.Before the start of the competition, the national team played a friendly match with US World Polo League.In the first round of the competition, the Azerbaijani team qualified for the semi-finals, and Land of Fire dedicated this victory to the memory of Sen Lt Orxan Asgarov, who died while preventing a terrorist attack at the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran.Within the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2023, Azerbaijan's culture, tourism, and cuisine are demonstrated to the guests of the competition with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the organization of the Azerbaijan Equestrian Federation. Viewers are also presented with publications covering various fields of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.On the first day of the pavilion, national costumes, carpet and silk art, national musical instruments, various handicrafts, as well as 150-year-old kalaghayi were watched with interest. In the pavilion, various archaeological findings, and ancient arts, including pottery samples are exhibited in the territory of Azerbaijan, and master classes on pottery are organized.Guests can get acquainted with Azerbaijani cuisine and taste delicious dishes here. Various national brands of Azerbaijan are also represented in the pavilion. Thus, information is provided on the history of viticulture and winemaking in the country, and guests can taste the wines of the Meysari brand.Moreover, the jewelry of the Rasm brand, the IRS gallery, which are examples of modern crafts that keep the historical traditions alive, and the gold and silver coins presented by AzerGold CJSC are exhibited.Meanwhile, the traditional Baku-Moritz night will be organized today. The Baku-Moritz Polo Award ceremony will be held during the event. Etibar Asadli, a well-known Azerbaijani pianist living in France, will perform as a special guest at the ceremony, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2023 will run until January 29. Day 48: Azerbaijanis continue to protest illicit exploitation of natural resources http://www.today.az/news/politics/231084.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 17:59:00 +0400 By Sabina MammadliFor 48 days back-to-back, the Azerbaijani eco-activists and representatives of NGOs have been picketing the Lachin-Khankandi road against the illicit exploitation of Azerbaijan's natural resources, Azernews reports.Against the backdrop of Armenia’s claims about the “humanitarian crisis” or the road “blockade”, vehicles constantly pass through unhindered. A total of 19 vehicles, including supply vehicles and passenger cars of the Russian peacekeeping contingent drove along the Lachin-Khankandi road today.Following discussions with the command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent on December 3 and 7, 2022, Azerbaijani specialists from the Ministries of Economy, Ecology, and Natural Resources, the State Service for Property Issues under the Ministry of Economy, and AzerGold Company were to conduct primary monitoring on illegal exploitation of mineral deposits on Azerbaijani territory. However, the monitoring failed due to the provocation of ethnic Armenians.After the Russian peacekeepers' failure to provide the necessary conditions for the Azerbaijani agency representatives to carry out their duties in the area, a group of eco-activists, NGOs, and public representatives have taken to the street in protest at the peacekeepers' repugnance to live up to their obligations in line with the November 10, 2020, peace deal to maintain peace and order in the region, and oust the Armenian troops from the region and prevent illegalities. However, time proved that the Russian peacekeepers are driven by the interests of Russia rather than the idea coming from the essence of the notion of peacekeeping as universally understood. Egyptian President concludes visit to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/231078.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 17:25:00 +0400 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has concluded his visit to Azerbaijan. Foreign Ministry updates on conditions of wounded in armed attack in Tehran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231075.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 17:13:00 +0400 The condition of the employees of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran, who were injured as a result of a terrorist attack on the diplomatic mission, is stable, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Aykhan Hajizada said.In addition, according to the chief doctor of the hospital in Tehran, where the wounded were placed, the condition of one of the victims is satisfactory."The second victim is now undergoing surgery on his jaw and face. The injury is severe, the operation continues successfully, although it takes a lot of time," the chief physician said.The armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran on January 27, 2023, at about 0830 (GMT+4) claimed one security guard killed and two others wounded.The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50s, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.Earlier reports from the Tehran police chief said there were two children in the car with the gunman, the security camera footage released later proved the man was alone. He entered the building after briefly waving hand to the Iranian security guard outside.No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The man managed to kill the head of the security service and wound two embassy guards. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated. EU building up green energy co-op with Azerbaijan - ambassador http://www.today.az/news/business/231074.html Business Sat, 28 Jan 2023 16:49:00 +0400 By Qabil AshirovThe EU is building up green energy cooperation with Azerbaijan, Azernews reports, referring to Peter Michalko, EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan."The Energy Memorandum signed in July 2022 already strengthened the Azerbaijani-EU cooperation in this area. We've recently signed a Bucharest agreement on the green energy supply through the Black Sea. This agreement will take our partnership to a higher level," he told the 15th anniversary of the opening of the EU Delegation in Baku.The EU ambassador stressed that the delegation makes every effort to further develop bilateral cooperation with Azerbaijan.Furthermore, Peter Michalko stated that the EU is Azerbaijan's major partner, and half of Azerbaijan's export comes to the share of the EU countries. Kyrgyz FM phones Azerbaijani counterpart in connection with terrorist attack http://www.today.az/news/politics/231073.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 16:32:00 +0400 Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Kyrgyz counterpart Jeenbek Kulubayev held a phone conversation in connection with the terrorist attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy, Azernews reports.The Kyrgyz minister expressed his condolences, noting deep sadness over the death of an embassy employee as a result of this terrorist act.Strongly condemning the attacks committed against the diplomatic mission and the employees in violation of international law, Kulubaev declared the solidarity of the Kyrgyz Republic with Azerbaijan, the inadmissibility of committing terrorist acts against embassy employees.Minister Bayramov, thanking his colleague for condolences and showing solidarity, stressed with confidence that we will take all necessary measures to ensure that those responsible for this act, which caused the death of an embassy employee, are identified and deservedly punished. Leyli and Majnun - First Oriental Opera turns 115 http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/231072.html Arts & Entertainment Sat, 28 Jan 2023 16:13:00 +0400 By laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan's opera art has a long history of development. The foundation of Azerbaijani opera art was laid on January 12, 1908, by outstanding composer Uzeyir Hajibayli, whose opera "Leyli and Majnun", became the first not only in Azerbaijan but also in the entire Orient.Some 115 years have passed since the premiere of Uzeyir Hajibayli's masterpiece.His opera laid the foundation of a new genre in musical culture, which synthesizes oriental and European music styles."Leyli and Majnun" - a classic Azerbaijani tale of young lovers and meddling parents is compared to "Romeo and Juliet". Together with his younger brother Jeyhun, Uzeyir Hajibayli wrote the libretto for the iconic opera.Premiered in 1908 at the Tagiyev Theater, the opera is based on the story taken from Fuzuli's poem written in the XVI century.The opera's first director was Huseyn Arablinski and its first conductor was Abdurahimbay Hagverdiyev, a famous Azerbaijani writer. At that time, women were not allowed to perform on stage. So, all the parts were played by men.Changes have been made to the opera in its 95 years of performance.The first version of the opera consisted of five acts and six scenes, while the more recent version has three acts and six scenes."Leyli and Majnun" is an outstanding example of Uzeyir Hajibayli's works, which gained popularity with time to become his most cherished masterpieces.The opera has been staged over 2,000 times at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater as well as in other countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.The program from the opera's premiere and a photograph of Huseyngulu Sarabsky, who acted Majnun first, are stored in the fund of the National History Museum, attracting the attention of curious visitors. Int'l officials strongly condemn embassy attack in Tehran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231071.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 15:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsSabina MammadliForeign officials and organizations keep sending their condolences over the tragic terrorist attack on Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran on January 27, which killed one and wounded two of the embassy's employees, Azernews reports.This way, Member of the French Senate Natalie Goulet strongly condemned the terrorist attack."I strongly condemn the attack on the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Tehran, which resulted in one dead and left several security staff injured. I offer sincere condolences to the family of the victim Orkhan Asgarov and wish the wounded to recover soon," she said.Then, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, North-Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani strongly condemned the armed attack and called for accountability of the perpetrators on his Twitter page.He noted that attacks against diplomatic missions are unacceptable and expressed condolences to the family of the head of the security service who died during the armed attack and wished for a swift recovery to the injured.Chairman of the 77th UN General Assembly Chaba Koroshi condemned the terrorist attack and also expressed condolences to the family of the deceased employee of the embassy, and wishes for a speedy recovery for the two wounded. The statement also mentions the importance of investigating this attack as soon as possible.Furthermore, Spokesman of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano said that the EU expresses its condolences to Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry and the people of Azerbaijan in connection with the attack, noting that attacks on diplomatic missions are unacceptable."Our thoughts are with the family of the victim, we wish a quick recovery to wounded and hope for full investigation and accountability", he wrote on his Twitter page. Turkic Culture & Heritage Foundation marks Turkiye's centenary http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/231070.html Arts & Entertainment Sat, 28 Jan 2023 15:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsLaman IsmayilovaThe International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation has organized an exhibition "XIX century Cultural Heritage of the Turkic World through the Yildiz Palace Photograph Collection" in Istanbul, Azernews reports.The exhibition opened on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkiye.Around 75 photographs from the Yildiz collection, which were taken during the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II period and contain the cultural heritage of the Turkic world, have been chosen for the exhibition.Notably, the Yildiz collection is one of the richest photo archives in the world. Nearly 918 albums and 36,585 photographs are included in the collection.Among the photographs depicting centuries-old architectural samples in the geographies stretching from Samarkand to Edirne, there are material and cultural monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage List from Samarkand, Bukhara, Hokand, Khiva, Shirvanshahs Palace in Baku, Kars Abu Manuchohr Mosque, the first mosque built in Anatolia, Khoja Ahmed Yasavi Tomb in Turkestan, monuments belonging to Istanbul, Konya, Ashgabat, and other cities.A letter addressed to the opening of the exhibition by President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan was read out in the official part of the event.The letter highlights the large-scale activity of the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation in the direction of protecting the cultural and spiritual values of the Turkic people, introducing them to the world, and passing them on to future generations. In the message, it was underlined that the exhibition will contribute to the strengthening of fraternal ties between the Turkic states.President of the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation Gunay Afandiyeva touched upon the admirable development and rapid progress in all areas of life over the past century in Turkiye.She noted that Turkiye's numerous achievements, and steadfast position, constantly demonstrated in the face of difficulties and obstacles, led to its recognition as an influential and strong country in the international arena.The foundation president hailed the fraternal relations between Turkiye and the sovereign Turkic republics. She drew attention to the fact that the country enjoys great authority in the Turkic World."Turkiye's success, from the independent Turkic states to the minority Turkic peoples, which have historically been separated from the Turkic geography for various reasons, make them happy, proud, and united, inspiring a bright future in solidarity," said Afandiyeva."This photo collection is a sign of the gentle spirit of Sultan Abdulhamid II, who wholeheartedly believed in the saving power of culture and art, and whose 105th death anniversary was commemorated this year. This collection is the meeting of the 623-year-old prominent Ottoman Empire with the rapidly rising Turkish Republic in the modern era. It is the reception of the blessings of the past as we enter a new century," she added.In her speech, Gunay Afandiyeva outlined that the photo collection is a graceful look at the mysterious cities of the member and observer states of the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkiye, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Hungary are clear proof of the culture of urban planning developed since ancient times, a noble indicator. It is the discovery of the different characteristics of the architectural examples belonging to the Turkic world and at the same time the return of the cultural heritage to life.In his remarks, Turkish Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz pointed out that the foundation has been implementing major projects in priority areas since its inception.He drew attention to the golden age of photography during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II."Yildiz Palace has a large collection of photographs reflecting the cultural heritage of different countries of the world. We, as the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, support the work carried out in the direction of the promotion and research of this archive," he said.He stressed that awareness of the common cultural heritage of the Turkic states is extremely important and emphasized"We highly appreciate the organization of events that showcase the culture and art of the Turkic peoples," he concluded.Deputy Chairman of the National Palaces Administration Adnan Gayhan said that the Yildiz photo collection is a source of knowledge about the ancient Ottoman Empire and the world as a whole, as well as a valuable treasure for the Turkic people and a cultural heritage of humanityHe emphasized the exhibition's importance in a broader study of the Turkic Islamic civilization, which has been preserved through a common history, language, religion, cultural values, and traditions.The book "Turkic cultural heritage in Ottoman archives" published by the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation was presented to the guests among whom were Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of T?rkiye Fecir Alptekin, Secretary General of TURKPA Mehmet Süreyya Er, Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Omer Kocaman, Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY Bilal Çak?c?, Rector of Memar Sinan University Handan Inci El?hi, Kazakh Ambassador to Turkiye Yerkebulan Sapiyev, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Istanbul Narmina Mustafayeva, Consul General of Kyrgyzstan in Istanbul Lira Sydykova, Head of the National Heritage Agency of Uzbekistan Bahod?r Abdykarimov, Director of the Hungarian Cultural Center Gabor Fodor, diaspora and media representatives. Economic Council of Azerbaijan holds first 2023 session http://www.today.az/news/business/231069.html Business Sat, 28 Jan 2023 15:12:00 +0400 Azerbaijan's Economic Council held the first 2023 session on January 27, Azernews reports.Participants of the meeting, chaired by Chairman of the Economic Council, Prime Minister Ali Asadov, discussed the Council’s Action Plan for 2023 and fiscal issues of the financial and banking sector.Reports of Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov and Governor of the Central Bank Taleh Kazimov were delivered during the meeting.Following the meeting results, the corresponding decisions were made, and instructions were given to the relevant bodies.The previous meeting of the Economic Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan took place on December 22, 2022.The meeting participants discussed draft amendments to the legislative acts of the financial and banking system in accordance with the Presidential Decree "On improving the management of the regulation and control system in the financial services market." Israel-Azerbaijan Int'l association condemns terrorist attack on embassy in Tehran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231068.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 14:47:00 +0400 The Israel-Azerbaijan AzIz International Association has appealed to international organizations in connection with the terrorist attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran on January 27, Azernews reports.The association expressed condolences to the Azerbaijani people in connection with the death of an embassy employee as a result of the terrorist attack, called on the international community and organizations to take a fair position regarding the situation in the region, fight against crimes against humanity, and take urgent legal and political measures. World stands in full solidarity with Azerbaijan, condemning terror attack on Tehran embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/231067.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 14:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsSabina MammadliAzerbaijan has been receiving messages of sympathy from foreign states over the act of terror against its embassy in Tehran, which killed one security officer and wounded two, Azernews reports.The Jordanian Foreign Ministry has expressed deep condolences to the government and people of Azerbaijan over the attack."The ministry expresses the solidarity of the Kingdom with the government and people of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in particular, rejects all forms of violence directed against diplomatic missions and their employees, expresses condolences to the family of the deceased, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured," the statement said.Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu also condemned the attack on his Twitter page."Any act of violence against any diplomatic mission is completely unacceptable. I extend my deepest condolences to the family of the victim and wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded," the minister said.Stating that such acts are unacceptable, the Netherlands also condemned the violent attack."Any attack against diplomatic missions and personnel is completely unacceptable. Our condolences to the family of the victim and we wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured," the foreign ministry said.Similarly, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) strongly condemned the attack, noting the necessity of ensuring the protection of diplomatic missions."The UAE strongly condemns such criminal acts and rejects all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability. It is necessary to ensure the protection of diplomatic missions in accordance with the norms and charters governing diplomatic missions," the statement reads.Saudi Arabia strongly condemned the terrorist act, expressing the Kingdom's solidarity with friendly Azerbaijan and its people on this difficult day and calling for respect for the inviolability of the diplomatic mission and punishment of the perpetrators.The Swiss embassy in Baku expressed its condolences on its Facebook page."Following today’s attack at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Tehran, which caused the tragic death of an employee and left two people wounded, the Swiss embassy in Baku expresses its sincere condolences and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded," the publication said."Montenegro strongly condemns the attack on the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Tehran. Acts of violence against diplomatic missions cannot be tolerated. We offer our condolences to the victim's family," the country's foreign ministry tweeted.The Brazilian Foreign Ministry also expressed solidarity with Azerbaijan, saying that the government received with concern the news, and recalled the principle of inviolability of diplomatic missions under international law and the importance of protecting their facilities.The Brazilian government expressed its solidarity with the government and people of Azerbaijan, as well as with the families of the victims.The Czech Republic also expressed its strong condemnation of the attack, noting that any attack on diplomatic missions is unacceptable.Sweden condemned the attack and expressed its condolences.The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said the country is deeply saddened by the attack."We express our condolences to the family of the deceased and pray for a speedy recovery of the wounded. Pakistan stands in solidarity with the brotherly people of Azerbaijan at this sad moment", the ministry tweeted.The spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleg Nikolenko, stated that Ukraine strongly condemns the attack and offered its sincere condolences to the loved ones of the victim, and a speedy recovery to the wounded."We strongly condemn today's attack on the embassy of Azerbaijan in Tehran. There is no justification for violence aimed at diplomatic missions. Condolences to the government and people of Azerbaijan, our thoughts are with those affected and their families in these difficult moments", the Croatian Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.Further, Director of the Department for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia of the German Foreign Ministry Matthias Luttenberg expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the man killed in the attack."Attacks on diplomatic missions are unacceptable! The circumstances of this crime must be investigated as soon as possible," Luttenberg wrote.Qatar strongly condemned the attack and expressed its condolences."Qatar expresses its strong condemnation of the attack that targeted the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the Iranian capital Tehran, which led to the death of the chief of the security service and two wounded, and the firm position of Qatar rejecting violence. The ministry expresses its condolences to the families of the victims," the country's foreign ministry said.The Japanese embassy in Baku also posted an Instagram publication in connection with the terrorist attack and expressed its sincere condolences.The embassy of Greece condemned the attack in a Twitter post."We're appalled by today's armed attack against the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Iran. The inviolability of diplomatic missions is a fundamental principle of international law. Our hearts and minds go with the families of the victims," the embassy tweeted."The perpetrators must be brought to justice. We express our condolences to Azerbaijan and wish a speedy recovery to the injured," the message reads.Attacks on diplomatic missions are unacceptable, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.Further, the Polish Foreign Ministry extended its condolences to the family of the deceased and sympathy to the injured and their families.France condemned the attack and expressed condolences as well."We express our condolences to the family of the deceased. Any attack on diplomats and the diplomatic corps is unacceptable. We call on the Iranian authorities to protect foreign diplomats in the country and investigate this attack in accordance with their authority," the country's foreign ministry said.Oman's Foreign Ministry condemned the attack and affirmed the Sultanate's firm position in rejecting any action targeting diplomatic missions and destabilizing security and stability. Dinner was hosted on behalf of Azerbaijani President in honor of Egypt President http://www.today.az/news/politics/231066.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 14:29:00 +0400 A dinner has been hosted on behalf of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in honor of President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Azerbaijan makes amendments to Law on Customs Tariff and Customs Code http://www.today.az/news/politics/231065.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 14:06:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has approved amendments to the country's Law on Customs Tariff and the Customs Code, Azernews reports.According to the amendment to Customs Tariff Law, the application (declaration) on the release of goods received by the customs body will be considered within one day, and on the basis of this, the goods will be allowed to pass. Azerbaijan condemns terrorist attack in Jerusalem http://www.today.az/news/politics/231064.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 13:49:00 +0400 Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at the Synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood in Israel's Jerusalem, Azernews reports."We express our condolences to the family of the killed and wish a quick recovery for the injured," the ministry said.At least seven people were killed and another 10 injured in a terror attack at a synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem on Friday evening, The Jerusalem Post says.The terrorist, a resident of Shuafat, opened fire at people leaving the synagogue after Friday night prayers, and was then killed by security forces after attempting to escape in a car. Young Spectators Theater premieres patriotic solo performance http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/231063.html Arts & Entertainment Sat, 28 Jan 2023 13:28:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaThe Azerbaijan State Theater of Young Spectators has premiered a solo performance "I Believe", dedicated to the martyrs and mothers of the heroes of the Karabakh war, Azernews reports.The performance tells about a woman - a mother of a martyr.During an archaeological expedition to a mountain village, a lonely tree growing on a hillside caught her attention. A spiritual connection arose between the young woman and the three. Sitting in the shade of this tree, she found out that she would be a mother soon.Time went on and archaeological research had to stop amid the Karabakh War. The enemies occupied this territory.However, the woman did not lose her hope that someday, when her son grew up, she could show him this place and tell him about this tree.Years passed, her son, who fought for the liberation of his native lands, became a martyr under this tree.The woman returned to the place, where her son's grave was laid. In her mental dialogue with the son, she felt not only the pain of loss but also a sense of pride. The faith of the martyr's mother is strong and unshakable - the motherland is united, children will grow up in happiness, and other mothers will no longer experience the pain of loss.The author of the work is the writer-playwright Ulviya Heydarova, stage director and stage designer-Elshad Rahimzada, musical arranger- Aygyul Guliyeva, and the director's assistant is Sona Mustafayeva. The image of the mother was embodied by Zemfira Abdulsamadova.The solo performance "I Believe" won first place at Winner-Azerbaijan Festival, co-organized by the Culture Ministry, the Azerbaijan Union of Theater Workers as well as the Festival of Short Performances 4.4, held with the support of the ministry and Teatro.az.Media partners of the event are Azernews.Az, Trend.Az, Day.Az and Milli.Az. country's Azerbaijan, Egypt sign documents [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231061.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 13:12:00 +0400 Following the expanded meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a ceremony of signing documents has been held.Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Hassan Shoukry have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in water resource management between the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Arab Republic of Egypt”.Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Hassan Shoukry have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of culture between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt”.Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Makayil Jabbarov and Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Egypt Hala Helmy el-Said have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt”. Officials, agencies of Turkich nations condemn terror attack against Azerbaijani embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/231060.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 13:01:00 +0400 By AzernewsSabina MammadliDiplomats and organizations from Turkic-speaking nations have expressed their solidarity with Azerbaijan, as well as shared their condolences over the death of the security officer while repulsing the terror act on the nation's Tehran embassy on January 27, Azernews reports.Chairman of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Mustafa Sentop strongly condemned the bloody terror attack in a telephone conversation with Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker Sahiba Gafarova.During the call, Sentop said that he was saddened by the death of an embassy employee, and expressed condolences to the Azerbaijani people.Similarly, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Turkish Baykar Technologies company Selcuk Bayraktar also expressed his condolences."Our brotherly country resolutely condemns the treacherous attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran. My condolences to our people," he tweeted.During a meeting between Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu and Turkiye's Ambassador to Russia Mehmet Samsar at the Azerbaijani embassy in Moscow, the Turkish diplomat extended condolences and support of his country over the armed attack.Bulbuloglu noted that the martyred Senior Lt Orkhan Asqarov has previously served in the Azerbaijani embassy in Moscow and that he knew him personally. He proudly noted that Mahir Imanov and Vasif Tagiyev - who were wounded in repulsing the attack and neutralizing the terrorist, also worked at the embassy in Moscow.In his turn, Samsar pointed out that Turkish diplomats have also been subjected to terrorist attacks several times, and added that his country resolutely condemns this attack on the Azerbaijani diplomatic mission. The Turkish diplomat expressed deep condolences to the family of the victim and a speedy recovery to the wounded.Also at the meeting, the parties expressed confidence that the organizers and perpetrators of this terrorist act would suffer the most severe punishment.In a similar vein, the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation has rebuked the terrorist attack on the embassy, expressing shock and condolences over the death of the embassy employee, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded ones."Considering that terrorism, which constitutes a serious threat to the modern world, results in the death of people, the destruction of material and spiritual values generates violence, mistrust, and hatred, we demand Iran to thoroughly investigate this crime and bring those responsible to justice," the Foundation said.The Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States joined to the wave of condolences and condemned the attack."We call for the Iranian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation concerning this violent attack and to bring the perpetrators to justice. We express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the officer who lost his life today and wish urgent recovery for those injured," the statement said.Additionally, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also strongly condemned the treacherous attack and called for bringing the perpetrators of the heinous attack to justice.The organization underlined the necessity of ensuring the security and safety of diplomatic missions.While expressing his solidarity with the government and people of Azerbaijan, OIC Secretary General Hissein Ibrahim Taha offered his condolences to the family of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. Azerbaijan, UK discuss regional issues http://www.today.az/news/politics/231059.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 12:41:00 +0400 UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan Fergus Auld and Presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev discussed regional issues, Azernews reports."An important meeting took place with Hikmat Hajiyev. I offered the British Government’s condolences for the death of the security manager at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran. We also discussed important regional security and humanitarian issues," Auld tweeted.As reported earlier, the head of the security guard of the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran was killed, two other employees were wounded in the armed attack on the building on January 27 at about 0830 hours (GMT+4).The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50s, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated. Azerbaijani, Uzbek top officials hold phone call http://www.today.az/news/politics/231058.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 12:25:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sabina MamamdliAzerbaijani Foreign Jeyhun Bayramov and his Uzbek counterpart Bakhtiyor Saidov discussed the terrorist attack in Tehran on a telephone call, Azernews reports.The Uzbek minister strongly condemned this act, expressed condolences to the family of the attack's victim and the fraternal people of Azerbaijan, and also expressed solidarity with the country.In turn, Bayramov expressed gratitude to his Uzbek counterpart and noted that Azerbaijan will use all possible means to bring to justice and punish those responsible for this crime as soon as possible.The armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran on January 27, 2023, at about 0830 (GMT+4) claimed one security guard killed and two others wounded.The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50s, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.Earlier reports from the Tehran police chief said there were two children in the car with the gunman, the security camera footage released later proved the man was alone. He entered the building after briefly waving hand to the Iranian security guard outside.No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The man managed to kill the head of the security service and wound two embassy guards. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated. Presidents of Azerbaijan, Egypt hold expanded meeting [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231057.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 12:21:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has met with President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdulfattah Al-Sisi in an expanded format.The heads of state addressed the meeting.President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said:- Dear Mr. President, distinguished guests. I sincerely greet you once again.We attach great importance to your visit. I am sure that the visit will be a very important step for the development of Egyptian-Azerbaijani relations. We have just discussed many issues in our one-on-one meeting. We have no disagreements regarding the future development of Egyptian-Azerbaijani relations. There are ample opportunities for cooperation in many areas. I am sure that we will implement the agreements reached after the visit.Mr. President had a meeting with Azerbaijani businessmen yesterday. According to the information I have, the meeting has produced very good results. Of course, the joint activity of business communities will further strengthen our relations. We have also identified areas of future cooperation. I am sure that both mutual investments and an increase in trade turnover will be possible in the near future.Of course, the issues of strengthening our political relations are also on the agenda. We will strengthen our joint activities in international organizations and deepen our cooperation.I am sure that the visit of President Mr. El-Sisi to Azerbaijan will contribute a lot to the future successful development of our countries. Welcome again!x x xPresident of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said:- Honorable Mr. President, first of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude to you for the warm welcome and hospitality I have enjoyed since yesterday. At the same time, I would like to express my condolences regarding the attack on the Azerbaijani embassy yesterday.Mr. President, the mutual understanding that manifests itself in all fields during our meeting, the presence of the political will of both sides in the direction of the development of cooperation in political, economic and other fields gives me confidence in saying that these relations will further strengthen. At the same time, I am honored to convey our congratulations to you on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late President and National Leader of the Azerbaijani people, Heydar Aliyev, who was a close friend of the Egyptian people.Of course, good results were also achieved in the meeting of the Azerbaijan-Egypt Intergovernmental Joint Commission held last year. But I think that the development of relations between our countries in all fields will deepen further after this visit too – in the conditions of mutual understanding, on the basis of mutual interests and political will.Mr. President, we have also agreed that facilitating measures should be taken in our countries for both Azerbaijani and Egyptian investors. The establishment of joint ventures and joint investments, mainly in the field of pharmaceuticals, is also part of the agreement reached between us. As you mentioned, after the list of all the medicines Azerbaijan needs is developed and presented to us, we will do our work in this direction. Tractor FC condemns terror attack against Azerbaijan's embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/231055.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 11:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Qabil AshirovFans of Tabriz's Tractor FC condemned the terror attack conducted against the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran, Azernews reports referring to the club's tweet."Only a brother can understand a brother's pain. We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran. Stop the terror!" the club tweeted.As a result of the terror attack, one person died and two were injured.Notably, Tractor FC is a club in Tabriz city inhabited by ethnic Azerbaijanis. The number of fans of Tractor FC exceeds other football clubs not just in Iran, but also throughout the world. According to Iranian media, the club has 482,000 fans, which are more compared with Real Madrid FC. Since it is prohibited to chant pro-Azerbaijan mottos in Iran, most of the fans do not care much about the ban and keep chanting slogans favoring Azerbaijan, and condemning the Iran regime. Presidents of Azerbaijan, Egypt hold one-on-one meeting [PHOTO/VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231054.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 11:43:00 +0400 Following the official welcome ceremony, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi have held a one-on-one meeting. Russia's Lavrov condemns terror attack on Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231051.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 11:28:00 +0400 Azerbaijani and Russian Foreign Ministers Jeyhun Bayramov and Sergei Lavrov respectively on January 28 discussed on the phone the terror attack on the embassy, Azernews reports, citing Foreign Ministry.Sergei Lavrov strongly condemned the armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran and expressed condolences to the family of the murdered embassy employee, the leadership, and the people of Azerbaijan. He said that it is necessary to bring the criminal to justice in a short time.Minister Jeyhun Bayramov thanked his colleague for the call and condolences. The minister condemned the treacherous attack. It was brought to the attention that it is strongly required to establish as soon as possible and punish the persons who committed this terrorist act, as well as those who ordered this bloody act in the most severe way. World Azerbaijanis condemn terror attack on nation's embassy in Iran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231052.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 10:43:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Qabil AshirovWorld Azerbaijanis expressed deep grief and sorrow over the terror attack on the nation's embassy on January 27, 2023, as a result of which one Azerbaijani security officer was killed and two were wounded, Azernews reports.“World Azerbaijanis consider the incident as a terror act plotted by Iranian special services, and each of our compatriots curses the perpetrators of this treacherous attack and bloody crime and declares that they do not believe the false information spread to distract attention,” the Congress of World Azerbaijanis said in a statement.The statement noted that the fate of 40 million Azerbaijanis living in Iran and the violation of their rights, the absence of diplomatic immunity, as well as personal immunity deeply concern them.“By bringing the information about the terrorist act that hinders peace and stability in the region to the attention of the UN, the European Union, the Council of Europe and their institutions, and other competent international and regional organizations, we call on them to take urgent measures at the legal and political level to prevent the Iranian special services from committing such serious criminal acts,” the statement reads.It also states that world Azerbaijanis are aware of illegal activities done by Iran and Armenia on Azerbaijani territory during the nearly 30-year-long occupation of Karabakh. Thus, recently, 27 Iranian citizens went to Khankandi through the Lachin road, but neither Iran nor Armenia has clarified the purpose of this visit.“We honor the memory of those who died as a result of the terrorist act, condemn the same position of the Islamic Republic of Iran against Azerbaijan constantly facing various acts of terrorism by Armenia, and demand a fair position from the international community to bring to justice those responsible for the crimes against peace and humanity in the region as soon as possible,” the statement ends. Official welcoming ceremony held for Egyptian President Al-Sisi [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/231053.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 10:40:00 +0400 An official welcoming ceremony was held for President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, who came on a visit to Azerbaijan.A guard of honor was arranged for the Egyptian President in the square decorated with the national flags of the two countries.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev welcomed his Egypt counterpart Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.The chief of the guard of honor reported to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi saluted the Azerbaijani soldiers.President Ilham Aliyev and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reviewed the guard of honor.The national anthems of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Azerbaijan were played.Members of the Azerbaijani delegation were introduced to the President of Egypt, while members of the Egyptian delegation were introduced to the President of Azerbaijan.The guard of honor marched in front of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the accompaniment of a military march.The presidents posed for official photos. In solidarity with nation, Azerbaijani officials denounce terror attack on embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/231050.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 10:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Fatima HasanovaAzerbaijani ministers and officials condemned the deadly armed attack on the country's embassy in Tehran, which killed one security officer and wounded two others, Azernews reports.Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov posted a note on his Twitter page calling for the immediate punishment of those responsible."We strongly condemn the treacherous terrorist attack on the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Iran. We express our condolences to the family and relatives of our deceased officer. The perpetrators of the terrorist attack and those who ordered it should be punished in the shortest possible time," he tweeted.Azerbaijani Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov also shared a post, denouncing the incident."We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran. We extend condolences to the family and loved ones of senior lieutenant Orxan Asgarov, who was killed as a result of the attack, and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. May he rest in peace. We stand in solidarity with our diplomats. Motherland comes first," the minister wrote on his Twitter page.Speaker of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) Sahiba Gafarova shared a post on her Facebook page in connection with the terrorist attack against the embassy of Azerbaijan."We strongly condemn the terrorist act committed against the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Islamic Republic of Iran on the morning of January 27. We demand that this treacherous attack be investigated quickly and objectively and that the culprits be punished. We pray for God's mercy to the employee of our Embassy, who was martyred while preventing the attack, and offer our deepest condolences to his relatives," said the post.Azerbaijan's Commissioner for Human Rights, Ombudswoman Sabina Aliyeva issued a statement in response to the armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran."We strongly condemn the terrorist act committed against the Embassy of our country in the Islamic Republic of Iran this morning. As a result of this vile attack, Orxan Askerov, the head of the security service of the diplomatic mission, was killed while performing his official duties, and two employees of the embassy were injured. This incident is primarily a serious violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Thus, according to Article 22 of the Vienna Convention, the receiving State is under a special duty to protect the premises of the mission against intrusion and damage, and to take necessary measures for ensuring the normal operation of the mission" said the Ombudswoman.Sabina Aliyeva claims that in addition to being illegal, this act constitutes a grave violation of the 1973 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents.Azerbaijani Ambassador to Iran Ali Alizada has called for punishment of all those responsible for the armed attack.“As a result of an armed attack on our embassy, our valuable employee Orkhan Asgarov was killed, two of our employees were injured,” the diplomat wrote on his Facebook page, expressing his deepest condolences to Orkhan Asgarov’s family and friends on behalf of himself and on behalf of the diplomatic mission staff, also wishing a speedy recovery to the injured. We strongly condemn this brutal act of terrorism and demand the full punishment of those responsible. Diplomatic missions are inviolable and their protection must be fully ensured by the host state!” the ambassador wrote on his Twitter page.Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Innovative Development Policy of the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov also shared a post on Twitter in connection with the terrorist attack."Brutal attack on #Azerbaijan Embassy in #Iran must be condemned by every civilized country! The perpetrators must be punished! Brave Azerbaijani servicemen saved innocent lives today. May the lost soul rest in peace #StopTerror" the tweet said.As reported earlier, the head of the security guard of the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran was killed in the armed attack on the building on January 27 at about 0830 hours (GMT+4)."An individual with a Kalashnikov assault rifle attacked the security post and killed the head of the security guard. Two embassy guards were also wounded while preventing the attack. Their conditions are satisfactory. This treacherous attack is currently being investigated. The public will be provided with detailed extra information," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Azerbaijan keeps receiving int'l support over terror act on Tehran embassy http://www.today.az/news/politics/231049.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 09:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Fatima HasanovaAzerbaijan has been receiving messages of sympathy from foreign states over the act of terror against its embassy in Tehran, which killed one security officer and wounded two, Azernews reports.The Polish Embassy in Azerbaijan in a Facebook post denounced the terrorist attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran."The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Baku strongly condemns the armed attack on the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Tehran. We express our condolences to the family of the killed chief of security of the Embassy. We wish a fast recovery to those injured in the attack," the post read.The terrorist attack on the Azerbaijani embassy was also strongly condemned by the Latvian Foreign Ministry.I strongly condemn the attack on the Embassy of #Azerbaijan in #Tehran #Iran. Acts of violence against diplomatic missions are completely unacceptable. My condolences to the family of the victim, Foreign Minister @Bayramov_Jeyhun, and all colleagues," the official wrote.Regarding the recent armed attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran, the Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan released a statement."We are shocked by the news about the armed attack, which resulted in the death of security officer Orxan Asgarov. We express deep condolences to our Azerbaijani colleagues and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. We hope that this tragic incident will be investigated in the most thorough way, and the guilty persons will be punished," the statement stressed.Another official, who condemned the terror act against the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran, was Head of the Public Relations Department of the Turkish Presidential Administration Fahrettin Altun."I strongly condemn the treacherous attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran. I express my condolences to the martyr's family and the Azerbaijani people and wish healing to the wounded," Altun said in a tweet.As reported earlier, the head of the security guard of the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran was killed in the armed attack on the building on January 27 at about 0830 hours (GMT+4)."A man armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle attacked the security post and killed the head of the security guard. Two embassy guards were also wounded while preventing the attack. Their conditions are satisfactory. This treacherous attack is currently being investigated. The public will be provided with detailed extra information," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Global smartphone shipments in 2022 fall to lowest level in 10 years http://www.today.az/news/regions/231037.html World news Sat, 28 Jan 2023 09:13:00 +0400 In 2022, global smartphone shipments declined 11.3% year on year to 1.21 billion devices, the lowest figure in the past ten years, International Data Corporation (IDC) reported on Thursday, quoted by Sina information website.With 260.9 mln smartphones shipped last year, Samsung led the global market. Apple and Xiaomi tied for second and third place, with 226.4 mln and 153.1 mln devices shipped, respectively. As a result, the top three had 21.6%, 18.8%, and 12.7% of the global market in 2022.The IDC linked the decline in supply quantities to a drop in consumer demand, inflation, and economic instability. There were also negative dynamics in the Q4 of 2022. Annual deliveries declined by 18.3% to 300.3 mln devices throughout the reporting period.In 2021, according to the company, the total shipments of mobile phones in the world exceeded 1.35 bln devices. Turkmenistan discloses number of Mobile Banking service users http://www.today.az/news/regions/231004.html World news Sat, 28 Jan 2023 08:16:00 +0400 There are 60,654 registered users of the Mobile Banking service in Turkmenistan as of the beginning of January 2023, Turkmen Central Bank reports.According to the information, the largest number of registered users of this service lives in Mary (15,666 users) and Lebap (15,648 users) regions, as well as in the city of Ashgabat (12,963 users).Halkbank Joint-Stock Commercial Bank has the largest number of users in the reporting period - 16,206 registered users. Turkmenistan State Commercial Bank (13,245 users) and Dayhanbank State Commercial Bank (11,726 users) follow this indicator.Turkmenistan's financial sector is constantly expanding. In particular, mobile applications are being introduced to pay for various services and goods, the number of transactions is increasing, and payment methods are being offered through bank payment terminals. US condemns armed attack on Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran http://www.today.az/news/politics/231048.html Politics Sat, 28 Jan 2023 00:01:00 +0400 The US State Department has condemned the attack on the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Iran, Azernews reports."We echo President Aliyev’s call for a prompt investigation into this unacceptable violence. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed and injured today. Any attack against diplomats or diplomatic facilities anywhere is unacceptable. We remind the Government of Iran of its responsibility under the Vienna Convention to protect foreign diplomats in Iran," Ned Price, Spokesperson for the US State Department, said.The armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran on January 27, 2023, at about 0830 (GMT+4) claimed one security guard killed and two others wounded.The gunman turned out to be a man in his 50s, who drove up to the administrative building, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.Earlier reports from the Tehran police chief said there were two children in the car with the gunman, the security camera footage released later proved the man was alone. He entered the building after briefly waving hand to the Iranian security guard outside.No attempts were made to detain the gunman, as he freely entered the embassy. The man managed to kill the head of the security service and wound two embassy guards. The shooter was eventually detained. The incident is currently being investigated.