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Ali Hasanov: Sensitive situation in Ganja requires society to rally around the state
“The sensitive situation that emerged in the city of Ganja requires the society to rally around the state,” the Azerbaijani President’s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov has written on his Facebook account. "Answering a BBC correspondent’s question regarding the armed assault on Head of the Ganja City Executive Authority Elmar Valiyev on July 3, I stated based on preliminary information that ‘it was a criminal act committed against the mayor, there’s been an armed attack, the mayor and his bodyguard have been wounded, the perpetrator has been captured, and law enforcement authorities are taking necessary measures.’ It would not be right to give more detailed information without the consent of the relevant authorities with regard to such grave offenses. As a state official I just tried to let the public know that the government was in control of the situation,” Ali Hasanov wrote. “A joint statement issued by the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Security Service on July 6 said that the crime was a terrorist attack and committed by the foreign citizen Yunis Safarov, who had taken part in combat operations unauthorized by the Azerbaijani state.” “It then turned out that the assassin was not driven by a personal issue or revenge and ‘social injustice’ as claimed by his wife in videos disseminated in local as well as foreign media. Rather it became clear that his act was aimed at establishing a Shariah-ruled state in Azerbaijan for the sake of his ‘ideals’ for which he had fought in Syria. Yunis is a foreign citizen raised in an affluent family and he can’t have thought of a leftist revolution in Azerbaijan for social justice. As he himself admitted, he had been prepared to carry out the attack for years, waiting for an opportunity to arise. It appears that the accident that occurred in Mingachevir created a good opportunity for him,” Ali Hasanov said.
 
President Ilham Aliyev met with President of European Council in Brussels
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels. The meeting was followed by a ceremony to mark the end of negotiations of the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Priorities. The head of state arrived at the European Union headquarters. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the European Council Donald Tusk posed for photographs. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and President of the European Council Donald Tusk then had a meeting. The successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union in political, economic, energy, transport and other areas was pointed out at the meeting. Azerbaijan`s role in Europe`s energy security and the importance of the recently inaugurated TANAP project was outlined. The sides exchanged views on the situation, security and challenges in the region where Azerbaijan is situated. The Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed at the meeting, and President Ilham Aliyev highlighted the current state of the dispute. President of the European Council Donald Tusk hailed Azerbaijan`s positive experience in secular and modern society building. The sides also discussed human rights situation in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan-EU cooperation in this area. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and President of the European Council Donald Tusk hailed Partnership Priorities, saying the document will open up new opportunities for future development of partner relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union. The ceremony then continued with the signing of Partnership Priorities in the presence of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The document was signed by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov.
 
Office of the Prosecutor General, Ministry of Internal Affairs and State Security Service release joint statement on prevention of unrest in Ganja
On July 10, a radical religious group of 150-200 people gathered outside the administrative building of Ganja City Executive Authority in an attempt to brutally disturb public order. Office of the Prosecutor General, Ministry of Internal Affairs and State Security Service released a joint statement on this unrest. The statement said that armed with sharp and cutting tools, participants of the unrest ignored the warnings of police officers and put up resistance t0 them. "Due to resolute measures taken by police officers, their illegal actions were prevented and 40 people were detained and taken to Ganja City Central Police Department, while the rest escaped the scene," the statement said. According to the statement, thanks to immediate measures the order was restored in the city center in nearly 30 minutes. "It is with great regret that we have to note that two police officers - Ganja City Central Police Department Chief, Colonel Ilgar Balakishiyev and Deputy Chief of Nizami District Police Department, police Colonel-Lieutenant Samad Abbasov were martyred after being hit with cutting tools by radical elements", the statement said. "The Prosecutor General's Office has launched a criminal case under Articles 120.2.3, 120.2.7, 220.1, 221.3, 228.4 and 315.2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan." "Necessary investigative actions and operational-search measures are carried out to identify and bring participants and organizers of the crime to justice." "Additional information will be given to the public on the progress of the work done," the statement said.
 
Democratic processes taking place in Azerbaijan are highly appreciated by the world community, President
“The democratic processes taking place in Azerbaijan are highly appreciated by the world community and leading states of the world,” President Ilham Aliyev has told a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. “After the election, the heads of state and government of many countries sent me congratulatory messages. Among them were the heads of state and government of all the leading countries of the world. This shows once again that the international community treats Azerbaijan with great respect and confidence.” “As for our foreign policy, I can say that a lot of work has been done in this area in the first six months of this year. Azerbaijan has managed to strengthen its international relations. We have traditionally friendly relations and strategic partnership with neighboring states. During these six months, I have met with the heads of state and government of neighboring countries several times. Meetings are also scheduled for the latter half of the year. As you know, Azerbaijan is a country enjoying great respect and authority in the Muslim world. The Year of Islamic Solidarity declared in Azerbaijan last year has further strengthened these ties. As you know, Nakhchivan is the capital of Islamic culture this year. The traditionally friendly and fraternal ties with Muslim countries have become even stronger,” the Azerbaijani President stressed. “We are currently working on a new Agreement with the European Union. Azerbaijan has documents on strategic partnership with a third of European Union member-countries. This, of course, shows that Azerbaijan is a country of strategic importance for Europe.” “I can say that our ties with the United States of America have risen to a new level in the first half of this year. In April and May, US President Donald Trump sent me three letters. The messages sent on the occasion of the election, then the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic and the official opening of the Southern Gas Corridor demonstrate the attitude and respect of the American government towards Azerbaijan. The messages contain very valuable words, and we are glad that US-Azerbaijan relations reflect their true essence today. I am sure that these ties will strengthen further in the coming years.” The head of state said: “Thus, as a result of our successful foreign policy, Azerbaijan was able to establish very fruitful, businesslike and equitable relations with practically all countries and power centers. These relations are based on the principles of mutual trust, respect and non-interference in each other's affairs. Thus, there is a wonderful international atmosphere for the successful development of our country. I can say that we created this atmosphere ourselves. I am sure that we will continue to pursue a consistent policy in this direction.”
 
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: TANAP project vital for Turkey and Azerbaijan
The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is a vital project for both Turkey and Azerbaijan, said President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a joint news conference with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku. The Turkish President said the project has great importance in terms of making a connection between Azerbaijan and Europe, besides the connection between Turkey and Azerbaijan. “It also carries importance in that it is a strategic investment,” President Erdogan said. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized that Turkish-Azerbaijani relations are strengthened on the basis of “one nation, two states,” referring to the Turkic roots of both.
 
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