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Azerbaijan, UK discuss military cooperation

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan`s Minister of Defense, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has met with UK Ambassador to the country James Sharp.

Minister Hasanov informed the ambassador about the activities carried out by the Azerbaijan Army in the liberated territories, as well as about the reforms implemented in the Army and other issues.

During the meeting, the parties emphasized the great potential for cooperation between the two countries in the area of defense, including in the military-technical sphere, and the importance of expanding these capabilities.

The sides highlighted the necessity of implementing agreements reached between the countries in the field of military education, as well as increasing the number of students attending the Military English Courses.

The diplomat congratulated the Azerbaijani people on the victory in the Patriotic War.

Ambassador Sharp stressing that he will continue to make every effort to develop Azerbaijan-UK relations, in particular in the cooperation in the military sphere, emphasized that within the framework of bilateral cooperation, Great Britain can provide assistance to Azerbaijan in carrying out work on clearance of the territories of mines and unexploded ordnance.

They also discussed the aspects of regional and bilateral cooperation, as well as a number of other issues of mutual interest.

Turkmen President receives Azerbaijan`s FM

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

On January 21, Azerbaijan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov was received by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The sides stressed the high importance of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two governments on joint exploration and exploitation of hydrogen resources of the “Dostlug” Field in the Caspian Sea, strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy, as well as the development of international partnership in the region.

The development of bilateral cooperation in all areas was highlighted.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highly valued the current state of relations between the two countries and noted the effectiveness and positive dynamics of interaction and partnership.

Minister Jeyhun Bayramov noted the positive dynamics of relations between the two countries based on the principles of cooperation, friendship and mutual support, in particular, the high-level reciprocal visits carried out over the past 3 years and more than 50 documents signed.

The meeting also focused on issues such as the participation of the two countries in regional cooperation formats and mutual support in international organizations.

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake jolts Azerbaijan’s Shahbuz district

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled Azerbaijan’s Shahbuz district on Thursday, according to the Republican Seismic Survey Center of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

The quake, depth of 10 km, was recorded at 23:23 local time.

Azerbaijani citizens arrested in Libya return home

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

Azerbaijani citizens Elmikhan Baghirov and Aliagha Babayev, imprisoned in the State of Libya, returned home on January 21 of this year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told AZERTAC.

“In March 2016, a ship belonging to a company registered in the Republic of Turkey and sailing under the Sierra Leone flag was detained by Libyan coastguards while moving in the direction of Libya-Malta-Turkey, and the ship's crew of 12 people, including 3 citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, was arrested for 5 years for smuggling oil products. Unfortunately, sailor of the ship Elshad Huseynov died in Libya.

As a result of the measures taken by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the return of our citizens who are in custody to the country - captain of the ship Elmikhan Baghirov and sailor Aliagha Babayev, by the decision of the General Prosecutor's Office of Libya dated December 29, 2020, were released from custody and placed in the temporary detention center.

As a result of the necessary measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Istanbul for the emergency evacuation of our citizens, Elmikhan Baghirov and Aliagha Babayev were able to return home on January 21, 2021 on a flight Tripoli-Istanbul-Baku. The evacuation was carried out with the assistance of the Republic of Turkey and the State of Libya, the coordination activities of Ukraine and the support of the shipping company,” the ministry said.

Kyrgyzstan to host IT EXPO in March this year
Bishkek, Jan. 22, 2021. /Kabar/. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan held an online meeting on the preparation and holding of the Connect.KG IT EXPO, scheduled for March 2021, the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said. The meeting was held by Director of the Economic Diplomacy Department Ermek Omuraliyev together with the leadership of the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic, the High Technology Park of the Kyrgyz Republic from the Kyrgyz side and representatives of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and diplomatic missions of the EU, Great Britain, Japan, South Korea and Germany. The main issue on the agenda was the upcoming IT EXPO to be held on March 11-19, 2021. The meeting participants expressed their willingness to hold the IT EXPO at the international level with the participation of leading IT companies from the United States, Britain, Japan, Korea, EU countries and other interested countries. It is also planned to involve interested business associations of Kyrgyzstan, organizations specializing in the training of software engineers, IT-specialists. The event is expected to provide an opportunity for IT/startup companies in Kyrgyzstan to establish cooperation with the world's leading companies to exchange experiences and business outsourcing. The EXPO will be held with the assistance of USAID and include speeches and presentations by leading Kyrgyzstani IT professionals working for cutting-edge U.S. and Kyrgyz companies, as well as B2B sections on IT in the following areas: - e-commerce, - business solutions, - financial technologies, - education, - tourism, - health and science, - electronic government, - new technologies, etc. It is expected that the event will make a significant contribution to the formation of the IT-industry in Kyrgyzstan as the IT-Hub of Central Asia, its entrance to the international market and the expansion of foreign economic relations.
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