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Rovnag Abdullayev: Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors
28.06.2013 16:48
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By selecting TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), Azerbaijan has taken its important steps to become European energy supplier, said the President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev.

Abdullayev noted that the idea on delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe will not be limited only with Shahdeniz project: "Azerbaijan has gas reserves approved in the 2 trillion cm. TAP project will change European energy map."

He stressed that Azerbaijan will participate in other energy projects of Europe: "Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors."

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    "Regarding the strengthening of control over the market of drugs, I would like to note that prices of drugs will be indicated using one of the methods specified by the ministry of economy and industry, in accordance with the rules approved by the cabinet of ministers," Majidov said.

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    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan makes cultural treasures more available
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    By Nigar Orujova

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    The meeting between BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov, lecturers' staff and Professor Masanori Kurihara from department of resources and environmental engineering of Waseda University (Japan) and representatives of INPEX Company (Japan) was held at BHOS.

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  • UEFA Europa League: Azerbaijani soccer teamsв' rivals announced
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Monaco hosted the UEFA Europa League's group stage draw August 28.

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  • One dead, another poisoned in petrochemical gas leak in Iran
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    A crew member of the Arvand Petrochemical Complex died and another was poisoned after gas leaked in a section of the facilities, Public Relations Director of the complex Ebrahim Chegini said.

    He added the reason for the leakage is under investigation and will be announced as soon as found out, IRNA news agency reported August 28.

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    Edited by CN

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  • Armenia on verge of drought
    28.08.2015 17:52
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    By Laman Sadigova

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  • Rovnag Abdullayev to visit Russia
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    SOCAR president will participate in the forum.

    The most popular national forum for the development of offshore - RAO / CIS Offshore will kicks off in St.Petersburg on Sept.15. The event is considered to be a key event in the development of the Arctic and continental shelf. Forum will be held with the support of the Russian Government.

    Oxu.Az reports citing information resource "Moscow-Baku" that there are 2 plenary sessions and 10 round tables in the program. Guests of the conference will hear more than 250 reports.

    As expected, the high-ranking guests Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Sergey Donskoy, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev and others will attend the forum.

    Traditionally, the exhibition will present the achievements in the field of technological support of the development of Arctic territories, shipbuilding and marine development of complex structures, transportation of hydrocarbons, nuclear energy, industrial and environmental safety.

    More than 220 companies will present the expositions. The participation of representatives from Azerbaijan, Norway, Germany, Finland, Germany, France, China, Singapore and other countries is confirmed.
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  • Kazakhstan Railways building in Astana under fire
    28.08.2015 17:21
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    A fire broke out in the building of the Kazakhstan Railways (the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy) in Astana, RIA Novosti reported citing the city emergency situations department.

    The city emergency situations department said it was notified about the fire at 16:18 local time (UTC/GMT 6 hours).

    "According to preliminary information, upon the fire units' arrival, it was found out that the exterior paneling on the building's seventh floor is burning," said the city emergency situations department.

    Work on evacuation and containment of fire is currently underway.

    Edited by SI

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  • Inflation decreases in Iran
    28.08.2015 16:56
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The Iranian economy has seen a decrease in the inflation rate compared with previous years, according to official figures.

    The Central Bank of Iran announced that the inflation rate in urban areas for a 12-month periodending August 22, which marks the end of the fifth month of the Iranian year Mordad, hit 15.4 percent.

    The inflation rate fell 0.2 percent compared with the previous monthв's corresponding period, when the figure stood at 15.6 percent.

    However, the Statistical Center of Iran has put the inflation rate for the 12-month period at 13.8 percent, 0.3 percent less than the previous month, the Iranian media reported.

    The country's point-to-point inflation in that month was 12.6 percent, the CBI said on August 26.

    Point-to-point inflation rate statistics identify rates between distinct points in time, such as the inflation rate at the end of a month compared to the rate of inflation at the end of the same month in the previous year.

    The Iranian government has been long struggling to revitalize an economy battered by international sanctions and mismanagement.

    One of the governmentв's economic priorities is to decrease the high-rate of inflation that rose to about 40 percent in previous years.

    Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted his governmentв's achievements in bringing down inflation from those highs.

    He asserted that by the end of his administrationв's term in office, the inflation rate in the country will be down to a single-digit figure.

    Iran's inflation rate decreased from above 35 percent in 2013 to below 15 percent currently.

    Experts consider that Iran should aim for an annual inflation rate between 2 and 3 percent.

    Kamran Dadkhah, a professor of economics at U.S. Northeastern University said in early August that this is a practical and attainable goal, noting that the policy instrument for achieving this is the control of money supply.

    The CBI also said the consumer price index in Iranв's urban areas stood at 224.4 units in the fifth month of the current fiscal year, which is 0.1 percent less than its preceding month.

    Meanwhile, the Statistical Center of Iran put the figure at 215, which comes with a growth of 0.5 percent compared to the preceding month.

    The index for food and drinks shows a fall of 2.7 percent compared to the preceding month and a growth of 12 percent when compared to the same period last year, according to the CBI.

    The inflation rate in Iran in 2005 was about 10.4 percent, but in mid-2013, when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani came to power, the inflation rate and point-to-point inflation rate were 37.5 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

    Rouhani has promised to decrease the inflation rate to five percent in Iranian fiscal year 1395 (to end on March 20, 2017).
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  • Azerbaijan to export products to Russia
    28.08.2015 16:55
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    An agreement was reached.

    Meat and dairy products made in Azerbaijan will be exported to Russia, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry of Economy and Industry.

    According to the Ministry, at the moment dairy and meat products of 7 Azerbaijani companies were included in the register of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control of the Russian Federation.

    "It allows these companies to export products to Russia," the ministry said.

    The ministry also stressed that work on including of other products of the Azerbaijani enterprises in the register is underway.
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  • Armenia one of most vulnerable countries to crisis
    28.08.2015 16:42
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    The fall in the Russian ruble has had a crucial impact on the national currency of Armenia as the country's economy is heavily dependent on its northern giant.

    The cost of dollar hit 71.28 rubles on the Moscow Stock Exchange on Monday, 2.18 rubles above Fridayв's level.

    The Armenian dram depreciated 2 percent against dollar on August 21; and this is just the beginning. The global crisis has affected Armeniaв's country-nurse, Russia, so seriously that the ruble is unlikely to rise to its former levels in the near future. And this means that Armenia '" a country whose aggressive policies has led to disaster and isolation from major regional projects '" has no hope.

    Armenian economists claim that the Armenian dram will not be able to avoid devaluation, Regnum reports. The collapse of the ruble is a severe blow both on the Armenian economy and to ordinary citizens.

    What has complicated the situation further that the Armenian government lacks any real plans or resources, whilst its unwise policy puts the country in a difficult and permanently unstable situation steeping it in domestic and regional problems.

    The entire population of Armenia assumes the consequences of the Russian crisis and the government is doing absolutely nothing to rectify the situation and to revive economic growth. This is not surprising since the economic competence of the Armenian regime is only a dream.

    Whatever happens in the Post-Soviet area, no matter how the situation changes, one thing remains unchangeable '" Armenia, as a country can only exist as a parasite, hiding behind a powerful country.

    Russiaв's economy is now shrinking because of the ruble's instability and the occurring crisis in the country. However, the ruble is not the only currency to face crisis. Almost all of the currencies of emerging markets are falling at this turn of world economic "development".

    Meanwhile, Armenia's dram, judging by 2008-2009 figures, is very vulnerable to the global processes. In 2009, it gained status as the second worst recession of currency in the world at 14 percent.

    Armenia faces the threat of getting stuck under the ruins of the Russian economy, and it has done nothing to actively avoid it.

    Moreover, Armenia continues to act as the political and economic appendage of Russia and justifies its actions against the West with "objective reasons," in an attempt to scrounge money to ease the current economic burden. The West, however, provides financial help to Armenia for a number of unclear reasons, a ''game'' that will hardly last any longer. What the country really needs is a political and economic reformation '" a new government that will do something to rescue the country from a deeper economic crisis than it is suffering from now.

    In the last few days, the Armenian dram has been devaluing smoothly and the process gradually has begun to arouse mass panic. The situation is only worsening in the background of many other problems occurring in the country, such as unemployment, an electricity tariff price hike, corruption, migration, social degradation, and conflict with Azerbaijan over its illegal claims to its neighbor's territories, among others.

    The Armenian government has left its own country all alone in front of a very possible revolution on grounds of a deep economic crisis, an unstable political situation, and frequently alternating domestic political forces. Obviously, the government has tried to garner the peopleв's attention with red herrings, such as changing the countryв's Constitution and by organizing a ''hunt'' for corruption, when everybody knows that corruption stems from the government itself.
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  • Turkish PM to submit interim cabinet list to president
    28.08.2015 16:34
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    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will submit a list of interim Cabinet ministers for presidential approval on Friday afternoon, he said.

    "Hopefully, I will present the new cabinet to our president this afternoon," Davutoglu told a televised party meeting on Friday. "In one sense, it will be the most concrete step of going to the early polls."

    The prime minister has been working since Tuesday to form a provisional government to run Turkey until a general election rerun on Nov. 1, announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the previous day, Anadolu Agency reports.

    The June election saw a stalemate with no party winning the majority necessary to form a single party government. Coalition talks between the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the other three parliamentary parties came to nothing.

    All but one party -- the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party -- have refused to join the interim government.

    Referring to the interim Cabinet he will head, Davutoglu added, "We will not work in the spirit of an interim government," but like a full-term, "four-year government".

    Current AK Party ministers will remain in place until the caretaker administration is formed.

    There are 25 ministry positions in the Turkish government. Three vital portfolios -- interior, transport and justice -- will be allotted to non-partisan figures while 11 posts were to go to the AK Party with opposition parties supposed to take the remaining 11.
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  • Trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish, Turkmen FMs kicks off
    28.08.2015 16:25
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    A trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen foreign ministers has started in Antalya, Turkey, the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted Aug.28.

    The foreign ministers will discuss political and economical issues important for the region, as well as issues of implementation of decisions made at previous meetings.

    The previous meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan Elmar Mammadyarov, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Rashid Meredov was held in Kuwait in May 2015 as part of the 42nd session of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

    The first meeting in this format was held in Baku in 2014. Baku Declaration was adopted following this meeting.

    The cooperation of the countries covers a wide range of issues, including energy, tourism, humanitarian sphere and politics.

    There are such formats of meetings as Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia, Azerbaijan-Turkey-Iran. The summits of foreign ministers and presidents of these countries were held.

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  • Armenian servicemen shoot each other
    28.08.2015 16:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The Armenian e-media reported that two Azerbaijani servicemen were killed. This information is wrong, the Azerbaijani defense ministry told Trend Aug. 28.

    "Armenian servicemen and their leadership are so frightened that "saboteurs" seem to them everywhere," the ministry said.

    "According to our data, two Armenian soldiers were killed and several wounded in Armenian military shootout," the ministry said.

    The Azerbaijani armed forces have not suffered any losses over the past 24 hours.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Ziya Mammadov receives citizens
    28.08.2015 16:16
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    The Minister gave instructions.

    In accordance with the instructions and recommendations of President Ilham Aliyev on August 28, Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov held a regular reception of citizens in Gabala.

    According to Oxu.Az, Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov has received the residents of Gabala, Ismayilli and Aghsu regions and listened to their complaints and suggestions.

    In particular, complaints of citizens were related to the repair and reconstruction of roads, opening of new bus routes, the construction of bridges over mountain rivers, employment and other issues.

    Transport Minister gave instructions to heads of corresponding structures of the Ministry in connection with appeals and complaints.

    Personal appeals not relating to the powers of the Ministry , have been taken on record for submitting to relevant organizations.
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  • Azerbaijani designer to present collection in China
    28.08.2015 16:10
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    New collection of Azerbaijanв's famous designer Gulnara Khalilova will be presented at the 4th Eurasian international clothes festival "Silk Road."

    The stylish event will be held in Urumqi, China between August 29 and September 2.

    The main organizers of the festival are the People's Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, Textile Industry Association of China and others.

    The annual Silk Road festival pays tribute to the enduring influence of this ancient way. The Clothes Festival presents thoroughly modern fashion shows and industry fairs.

    Last year Khalilova was awarded "Master Exhibition amp; Performance Award" at the third Eurasian Silk Road festival. She demonstrated her peculiar handmade knitted dresses and national and evening dresses.

    Khalilova's work of national collection can be found in Egypt, the library of Alexandria, the Cultural Center of Istanbul, and the cultural centers of various cities in the U.S.

    The designer took part in preparing the classic Azerbaijani operetta "Arshin mal alan" by famous composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov staged at the 100th anniversary of the State Theatre of Musical Comedy, where she created costumes.

    Her works are also very popular in collections of famous Turkish public figures, representatives of culture and art Ajda Pekkan, Emrah Erdogan, Beyazit Ozturk, Soner Sarikabadayi, and others.
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  • Iran planning production of 700MW electricity from incineration plants
    28.08.2015 16:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 26

    By Khalid Kazimov -- Trend:

    According to the Sixth National Development Plan, Iran is aiming at the production of 700 megawatts of electricity in the form of waste-to-energy power generation, CEO of Iran's Renewable Energy Organization Mohammad Sadeqzadeh said.

    The 6th plan envisions the production of five thousand megawatts of electricity from renewable sources, he added, IRIB news agency reported August 26.

    He said that Minister of Energy Hamid Chitchian has recently announced the ministry is ready to buy electricity produced at incineration plants at 5,000 rials per MWh.

    Incineration plants are power plants that use energy released by burning waste to produce heat or electricity. This comes in line with new plans by the Ministry of Energy to offer lucrative prices for electricity.

    Incineration plants will be launched around cities with over 200 thousand people population both to help power production and prevent waste from polluting environment, he said.

    "The abundance of fossil fuels in Iran has made us think less about new and renewable energy forms, whereas the world is moving toward using new energy."

    While the average international share of renewable energies in the energy basket is over 10 percent, the number is less than 0.01 percent for Iran.

    The country used 1,271 billion cubic feet of gas, as well as 28 billion liters of gas oil and fuel oil for power generation last Iranian fiscal year, which ended on March 20, 2014.

    Edited by CN

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  • Valuable treasure found in Guba
    28.08.2015 15:55
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    A small treasure was discovered in Azerbaijanв's northern region of Guba.It was found in the wall of an abandoned house by children who were playing inside.

    The findings include a lot of silver coins, necklaces, paper money dated to 1875, a rosary, an old Koran, a silver sword and old pistol.

    The findings were handed over to Guba Police and an investigation is underway.

    Experts say that since ancient times, Azerbaijan has been located at the crossroads of trade, land, and sea routes, as well as at crossroads of the most diverse cultures and traditions. Azerbaijan is a place where great Khanates and the Empires were established at various times.

    According to experts, Azerbaijan has about a few hundred big treasures dispersed throughout the country. They are located in basements, walls, under the foundation, and in open fields in both ancient and more recent cities.

    In 2013, a huge treasure trove dated to the 6th-7th centuries was found in Tovuz regionв's Galaboynu area.

    For the past 15 days, the area was the under police control and excavations were being conducted.

    According to residents, the treasury belonged to a governor of the Garagoyunlu clan, Kara Yusif, who was killed and buried in this area.

    Earlier in 2012, archeologists found a treasury of some 37 gold coins of 986 fineness dated between 1781 and 1800 in the Agsu region.
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  • Azerbaijani missile and artillery troops conduct live fire drills
    28.08.2015 15:54
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    The military units and formations of Missile and Artillery Troops of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, in accordance with the combat readiness program approved by Defense Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, conducted practical live fire drills, the Defense Ministry said on Aug.28.

    Troops held divisional tactical trainings with the involvement of Pion (Peony) 203-mm self-propelled artillery units, as well as carried out fire control and missile strikes.

    Drones were also involved in the drills.

    During the drills rapid detection and destruction of targets was provided by means of drones to accurately destroy and suppress the target that are not visible from the firing position.

    The Defense Ministry leadership praised the combat readiness, skills and interaction of the personnel involved in the drills.
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  • '˜Shah Denizв' gas feeding Azerbaijan, Georgia; Turkey waiting for pipe repair
    28.08.2015 15:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The output and export of gas from Azerbaijani lsquo;Shah Deniz' field in the Caspian Sea are being conducted in a planned manner, Tamam Bayatli, the head of the press service of BP Azerbaijan, told Trend August 28.

    BP Azerbaijan is the technical operator for the lsquo;Shah Deniz' development and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline's sections running in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Bayatli said the gas from the field is currently being exported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline only to Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    "There are no problems in the gas output and export, and operations continue," she added. "The gas is exported to Azerbaijan and Georgia in the volumes they can receive."

    An explosion occurred on the night of Aug. 24 to Aug. 25 on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline's section in the city of Sarikamis of Turkey's Kars province.

    A terrorist attack is named as the main reason for the explosion.

    Edited by SI

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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism meets ISESCO delegation
    28.08.2015 15:41
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    Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev has met an ISESCO delegation led by Director of the Secretariat of the Organization's Executive Council, General Conference and Ministerial Conferences Mohamed Ghemari, AzerTag reports.

    They discussed organizational issues related to the 36th session of the Executive Council and the 12th General Conference of ISESCO to be held in Baku on November 23-27.

    The meeting hailed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev`s and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva's special role in strengthening solidarity, development of cooperation in the Islamic world and protection of cultural heritage of Islam.

    Then the sides inked a document on organization of the events.
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  • Azerbaijan chooses company to build Azerspace-2
    28.08.2015 15:28
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan has chosen the company that will build the second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2, Communications and High Technologies Minister Ali Abbasov said on August 27.

    The name of that company will be announced soon, Abbasov said.

    ''The launching of the satellite in orbit is expected in late 2017 or early 2018,'' the minister added.

    The tender for the construction of the satellite and the supply of equipment for the ground control center was bid on by the two U.S. companies ''Orbital'' and ''Space Systems Loral'', the Chinese ''China Great Wall Industry Corporation,'' and Franceв's ''Airbus Defense and Space''.Work on the installation of ground station equipment must be completed no later than 2017, and the ready satellite shipped to the launch site before the end of 2017.

    Azerbaijan expects the satellite to be built in 30 months.

    Issues related to the insurance of the satellite will be resolved by the time of its launch.

    The satellite will be placed in an orbital position of 45 degrees east longitude and will be leased by Azerbaijan side from the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, which will have rights to 45.9 percent of satellite resources.

    The service area of Azerspace-2 will cover the countries of Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

    The geostationary satellite Azerspace-2 will be equipped with Ku- and Ka-band transponders designed to provide digital broadcasting, Internet access, data transmission, creation of VSAT multi-service networks, and other services.

    Azerbaijan entered the space club in February 2013 with the launch of the first Azerbaijani telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1.

    The satellite is designed to provide digital television, data transmission, VSAT multi-service networks, and governmental communications.

    Azerspace-1 covers the countries of Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.Azerbaijanв's satellite operator Azercosmos also jointly uses the low-earth-orbit satellites SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 together with the French company ''Airbus Defense and Space''.
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  • Belarus ready to share NPP construction experience with Kazakhstan
    28.08.2015 15:21
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Belarus is ready to share its experience in the construction of a nuclear power plant with Kazakhstan, Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said.

    He made the remark during a press conference on August 27 to discuss the safe development of nuclear power engineering and the non-proliferation regime as guarantees of the mankindв's future, Belta reported.

    Mikhadyuk also noted that when Kazakhstan makes a decision to construct a NPP, Belarus will share its experience.

    ''I think thanks to this interaction we will enrich each other in terms of knowledge and the implementation of such large-scale projects,'' he added.

    Belarus is at the stage of practical implementation of the project on construction of a NPP.

    ''Today many countries are actively interested in our experience, because Rosatom, which is the general contractor [of the construction of the NPP], stressed the successful organization of works both at the stages of preparation and construction,'' the deputy minister said.

    In his remarks Kazakh Ambassador to Belarus Yergali Bulegenov noted that Kazakhstan had been considering the idea of building a NPP for quite a long period of time.

    ''In 2014, Kazakh specialists visited the construction site of the Belarusian NPP,'' he said.

    Kazakhstan plans to start the construction of its first NPP in 2018, and the country is expected to generate nuclear power in 2023-2024.

    Kazakhstan plans to build NPPs in its energy-deficient regions. The special commission created under a presidential decree has already made a decision on the locations of the power plants.

    The town of Kurchatov in the East Kazakhstan province and the village of Ulken in the Almaty province were named the most suitable locations for building a NPP, according to the countryв's Energy Ministry.

    Kazakhstan has decided to build NPPs and develop domestic production of nuclear fuel for them based on the fact that the country is a world leader in uranium production.

    The country produced 22,829 metric tons of uranium in 2014, maintaining its leading position as the largest uranium producer in the world. In 2013, the country produced 22,500 metric tons of uranium.
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  • NATO urges Georgia to continue dialogue with Russia
    28.08.2015 15:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    Trend:

    NATO continues urging Georgia to continue the dialogue with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during his visit to Tbilisi, Sputnik reported.

    "Establishing a joint Georgian-NATO training center is not directed against any country," he said.

    The Georgia-NATO Joint Training Center opened at the Krtsanisi National Training Centre, on the outskirts of Tbilisi Aug. 27. Stoltenberg attended the opening ceremony.

    "NATO and I continue urging Georgia to continue the dialogue with Russia," he said. "The defense, gradual policy, firm position and dialogue do not contradict each other. Russia will continue to be a great neighbor of Georgia in the future this way or another. But the dialogue will be always required."

    He also said that Russia's recent destructive and provocative actions in the region do not improve the security.

    As for a joint training center, the secretary general reiterated that the center is not directed against any country.

    "On the contrary, the center is being established to further strengthen the regional and international security," he said. "This is our common way. We help Georgia in preparing for NATO membership. Of course, there is much to be done but Georgia has already achieved success."

    Large-scale military action was launched between Georgia and Russia in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.

    Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

    Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

    Edited by CN

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  • Turkish PM to introduce interim governmental staff to president
    28.08.2015 15:11
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will introduce the interim governmental staff to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Aug. 28, TRT Haber TV channel reported August 28.

    Afterwards, Turkey will start preparation for holding the rerun parliamentary election.

    Earlier, a source in the Turkish government exclusively told Trend that the interim government would be formed in the country this week.

    It was also reported that the rerun parliamentary election would be held in Turkey November 1.

    Moreover, the source said that the main opposition parties of the country such as the People's Republican Party and the Nationalist Movement Party are not expected to participate in the formation of the interim government.

    He said the interim government would be formed with the Peoples Democratic Party of Turkey.

    The opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to agree on the formation of a coalition government.

    Then Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the re-run parliamentary election would be held in Turkey.

    Turkey held parliamentary election June 7, which involved 20 political parties. Over 53 million people cast their votes in the election.

    During the parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party garnered 40.9 percent of the vote, while the Republican People's Party (CHP) gained 25 percent; aside from that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) got 16.3 percent, and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) gained 13.1 percent of the vote.

    Edited by CN

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  • One Azerbaijani killed, another two injured in brawl in St. Petersburg
    28.08.2015 15:11
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    One Azerbaijani was killed, another two injured in a brawl occurred in Apraksin Dvor trade center in St. Petersburg, according to information posted on konkretno.ru.

    During the brawl three Azerbaijanis (at the ages of 28, 31 and 32) received stab wounds. One of them died on the way to hospital. One of the injured is in critical condition, APA reports.

    A criminal case has been launched on the fact. The details of the incident are still unknown.
    6
  • Date set for parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 15:04
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on holding elections to the Azerbaijani Parliament on November 1.

    ''Guided by Paragraph II of Article 84 and Paragraph I of Article 109 of the Azerbaijani Constitution, I hereby resolve to appoint the elections to the parliament of the country on November 1, 2015,'' the presidential order reads.

    The election campaign will begin by the end of August.

    Earlier, Mazahir Panahov, the chairman of the Central Election Commission, said political stability is the main condition for holding democratic elections, and Azerbaijan has no problem in this regard.

    "From the socio-political point of view, Azerbaijan is one of the most stable countries not only of the region but also the world," he said.

    Azerbaijan, as a country devoted to democratic principles in the international arena, has always created conditions for all international institutions showing an interest for the election. The government takes necessary measures for transparency in elections both to institutions and the public.

    Law enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan will ensure safety during parliamentary elections and prevent all violations of the voting process in the framework of the law.

    Moreover, the Central Election Commission plans to install web cameras in more than 1,000 polling stations in the regions of Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. 296 webcams will be installed in the electoral districts in Baku.
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  • Two Azerbaijani teams enter Europa League
    28.08.2015 15:03
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Two Azerbaijani football teams, Qarabag and Qabala, entered the UEFA Europa League group stage in return matches on August 27.

    Azerbaijanв's FC Qarabag reached the group stage after thrashing Switzerlandв's Young Boys 3-0 in Baku.

    Richard Almeida scored on a penalty in the fifth minute, while a second strong goal came from Reynaldo dos Santos Silva in the 43rd minute of the match.

    Qarabag Midfielder Afran Ismayilov, who also plays on the Azerbaijani national team, kicked the final fatal blow in the 62nd minute.

    Qarabag had defeated Young Boys 1-0 once before in Bern.

    Qarabag team captain and Azerbaijani national team member Rashad Sadigov congratulated everyone with this victory, ''which we all deserve.''

    ''I'm proud of the guys. They played as they should. We played our own game, did not sit in the defense and won a landslide victory,'' the captain stressed.

    Moreover, Azerbaijanв's Qabala has also secured a spot in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League after a 2-2 draw with Greeceв's Panathinaikos in Athens.

    In Greece, Dodoв's two goals in the 6th and 60th minutes allowed the Azerbaijani side to press through.

    Qabala is one of two European clubs that have managed to get into the group stage of European cup this season, starting from the first qualification round. Besides Qabala, only Norwegian Rosenborg has managed to successfully complete all four rounds.

    Qabala head coach Roman Grigorchuk said, ''We have prepared well for the game. Scoring the first goal, we have moved into position early. This created conditions for the Greek team to play more aggressively, rush into attack and score.''

    Grigorchuk went on to add that the team has a minimum of 6 matches in the European League. ''But do not forget about the Championship and the Azerbaijan Cup. We need to tune in to all the games.''

    The teams will be paid for this result by UEFA. Thus, Qabala will receive 1,840 million euro. The total award of Qarabag will be 1,750 million euro.
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  • Turkmenistan to boost electricity export to Afghanistan
    28.08.2015 14:55
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 28

    By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:

    Turkmenistan stands ready to fivefold increase the electricity supply to Afghanistan taking into account the new powerful energy facilities being built in the country's Lebap and Mary regions, said Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    He was addressing a meeting in Kabul with the top leadership of Afghanistan, said the Turkmen government August 28.

    Earlier it was reported that a work is underway in Turkmenistan to expand the electricity export to Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.

    The possibilities of directing the electricity to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and the countries in the Caucasus are also being explored.

    Turkmenistan plans to increase the electricity generation to 27.4 billion kilowatts hours by 2020 and to 35.5 billion kilowatt hours by 2030.

    The export of Turkmen electricity will rise to 6.9 billion kilowatt hours by 2020. Currently the country is exporting over 2.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.

    Edited by SI

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  • Azerbaijanв's president sets date for parliamentary election
    28.08.2015 14:55
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev singed a decree August 28 on holding the election to the country's parliament, the Milli Majlis, on November 1, 2015.

    "Being guided by the second part of the article 84 and the first paragraph of the article 109 of the Constitution of Azerbaijan, I decree to assign the election to the country's Milli Majlis (parliament) for November 1, 2015," read the president's decree.

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  • Iranв's nuclear material to be stored in Kazakh LEU bank
    28.08.2015 14:01
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    The low-enriched uranium bank, which will be established in Kazakhstan, is considered as a potential site for the storage of Iranв's excess nuclear material.

    This remark was made by Kazakhstanв's Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov on August 27.

    Earlier Timur Zhantikin, the deputy chairman of the Atomic Control Committee at Kazakhstanв's Energy Ministry said that the LEU bank will be able to accept the nuclear material of Iran in 2017.

    Kazakhstan and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed an agreement to establish the LEU bank in the country on August 27.

    The LEU bank will be based on Kazakhstanв's Ulba Metallurgical Plant. The UMP is a member of the Kazatomprom National Atomic Company and produces fuel pellets for nuclear power plants.

    The bank hopes to store up to 90 metric tons of the low-enriched uranium for the production of gasified fuel elements to be used in nuclear power plants that do not pose any radiation threat. Any country seeking to develop nuclear energy will be able to request nuclear fuel from Kazakhstan.

    Some $150 million was allocated by the Nuclear Threat Initiative non-profit organization ($50 million), the Norwegian government ($5 million), the U.S. ($49 million), the UAE ($10 million), the EU (up to 25 million euros), Kuwait ($10 million), as well as Kazakhstan ($400,000) for the establishment and operation of the LEU bank for at least 10 years.

    The LEU can be used to make enough nuclear fuel to power a large city for three years. It will also provide Member States with additional confidence in their ability to obtain nuclear fuel in an assured and predictable manner.

    The nuclear bank will guarantee countries access to the uranium they need for their civilian nuclear programs without having to develop enrichment processes themselves.

    The bank achieves two worthwhile goals at the same time. It will encourage nuclear power, which will help drive the switch to low-carbon economic growth and it will also help prevent the spread of nuclear weapons-capable technologies and the risks that they bring to global security.
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  • Defense Ministry: Helicopters that entered Georgian airspace belong to Turkey
    28.08.2015 14:01
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    As Georgiaв's Defense Ministry has said in a statement published via Facebook, information about violation of Georgiaв's airspace by Russian helicopters is false, APA reports citing Interpressnews.

    According to the statement, the helicopters seen in the Shida Kartli region belong to Turkey's armed forces.

    "The helicopters belong to Turkey's armed forces. They headed in the direction of Azerbaijan with clearance from Georgia,"- reads the statement.

    As media had reported, Russia violated Georgia's airspace yet again. Reportedly, two military helicopters entered the territory controlled by Georgia from the occupation zone.
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  • Hungarian Wizz Air plans to resume flights to Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 13:51
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    Hungarian airline Wizz Air told Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) CJSC about its intention to resume flights to Azerbaijan in March 2016, the press service of AZAL said, AzerTag reports.

    Reportedly, the talks of the sides on the resumption of flights of the Hungarian airline to Azerbaijan will take place in the near future.

    "The Azerbaijani side agreed to the implementation of flights by Wizz Air in March 2016," the press-service said. "It should be noted that the Azerbaijani side has repeatedly appealed to Wizz Air with a proposal for implementation of flights in summer and winter of 2015, but received no response."

    Direct flights between Baku and Budapest were conducted in accordance with the memorandum of cooperation signed by the civil aviation administrations of the two countries, but then Wizz Air stopped implementation of flights to Baku.

    The resumption of flights between Baku and Budapest was postponed for an indefinite term.
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  • Azerbaijan`s Qarabag qualifies for Europa League group stage after destroying Young Boys in Baku
    28.08.2015 13:21
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    Azerbaijani FC Qarabag have reached the UEFA Europa League group stage after thrashing Swiss Young Boys 3-0 in Baku.

    Richard Almeida scored on a penalty in the 5th minute to give FC Qarabag a 1'"0 lead over Young Boys while second knocking out impact came from Reynaldo dos Santos Silva at the 43rd minute of the revenge match. Midfielder of FC Qarabag and Azerbaijani national team Afran ?smayilov kicked a fatal blow at the 62nd minute.

    Qarabag also defeated Young Boys 1-0 in Bern.

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Turkish stream not to reach European market '" expert (exclusive)
    28.08.2015 13:11
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 28

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    Turkish Stream gas pipeline will not supply the European market in the foreseeable future, Vesa Ahoniemi, an independent energy analyst believes.

    "The future of Turkish Stream is very uncertain, in particular, the schedule and capacity Russia announced in December 2014 are unlikely to materialize," Ahoniemi told Trend.

    He mentioned that originally the project was presented by Gazprom as a way to bypass Ukraine entirely and maintain or even increase Gazprom's market share in South-East Europe.

    "Remarkably, Russia's plan also envisaged Europeans themselves would pay and build pipelines to connect their gas network to that of Turkey, even as Europeans did not share Gazprom's objective of bypassing Ukraine," Ahoniemi said.

    He believes that the Turkish Stream pipeline, if it ever materializes, will end up supplying merely the Turkish market.

    "I say "if" because the bilateral negotiations between Gazprom and Turkish Botas have been very difficult," he said, also mentioning that Gazprom recently cancelled its contract with Italian Saipen, the contractor supposedly in charge of building the underwater portion of Turkish Stream (and South Stream before it was cancelled).

    "This suggests Gazprom still sees long negotiations ahead," Ahoniemi said.

    He also said that he does not consider Turkish Stream as a competitor to the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project, which envisages transportation of gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

    At the initial stage, the gas to be produced as part of the second phase of development of Azerbaijani gas condensate Shah Deniz field is considered as the main source for the Southern Gas Corridor project. At a later stage, other sources may join the project.

    "SGC is very much a commercial project while Turkish Stream is really not," Ahoniemi said.

    "The upside to SGC is of course diversification of supply and indeed its commercial nature, which ensures that its regulatory treatment is much more favorable than Gazprom's projects," he added.

    The Turkish Stream project involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas a year from Russia to Turkey via the Black Sea. The gas pipeline is to consist of four stretches bringing up to 47 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey's border with Greece.

    Russian energy giant Gazprom estimates the cost of constructing the first branch of the Turkish Stream pipeline at euro;4.3 billion ($4.72 billion), while the overall price tag for all four legs of this project are estimated at euro;11.4 billion.

    In July, a source in the Russian Energy Ministry told journalists that Russia had sent a proposal for the construction of the first branch of the gas pipeline to Turkey.

    Russia and Turkey were to sign an intergovernmental agreement until mid-2015 for the construction of the lsquo;Turkish Stream' gas pipeline, but this hasn't still happened.

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  • TAPI member-states mull projectв's technical presentation
    28.08.2015 12:43
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Representatives of countries involved in the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, as well as managers of the Asian Development Bank have discussed the technical and commercial presentation of the TAPI project.

    The presentation developed by the ADB was discussed at the regular meeting on the project held in Dubai.

    The TAPI project, with a proposed capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, will extend from Galkynysh field in Turkmenistan through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar to its final point at a settlement on the Pakistani-Indian border.

    The ADB was appointed as the transaction advisor for the TAPI gas pipeline project in November 2013. In that role, ADB advised on the establishment of the TAPI pipeline company as an integral part of the larger goal of identifying and selecting a commercial consortium leader to spearhead the construction and operation of the pipeline.

    The feasibility study of the project was developed in 2008, and is projected to exceed $10 billion.

    In October 2014 the ADB awarded British Penspen Company a contract to carry out a feasibility study for the construction of the pipeline. Penspen awarded a sub-contract to the Netherlands-based Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering, consultancy and project management firm, to undertake the important environmental and social safeguards components of the study.

    Experts believe that TAPI is not only a regional project envisaging the transportation of Turkmen gas, but also a global one.

    The implementation of the project will strengthen Turkmenistan's independence, and its gas supplies to world markets will increase significantly.

    TAPI is an opportunity to contribute to the stability of Afghanistan that could contribute to the rehabilitation process in the post-war country.

    It will also create more job opportunities and provide Afghanistan with a guaranteed income from the transit.
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  • Armenians flee en masse from border villages of Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 12:31
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    "Social problems are not solved in the village."

    There is not a lot of first-graders in the new academic year in the Tavush region of Armenia on the border with Azerbaijan. The population is fleeing from periodically shelled villages and the number of pupils in schools reduce.

    This year there will be only two first-gradersin Barekamavan village.

    Accodring to Oxu.Az, the director of the school Astghik Azatyan said in an interview with Lragir.am that there will not be a separate class this year.

    "Only 5 classes operate instead of 12. Students of the first, second and fourth grade will be learning together, third class is eliminated," the director said.

    The school has 23 students.

    "When I was in school, we had 36 students and not enough desks. Now there are a lot of desks, and no students. Social problems can not be solved in the village, and people leave. I get scared when there is a silence in school," the director said.

    "There is also the problem of personnel - young teachers don't want to work in school and the old ones do not want to give up their places because it is difficult to survive on retirement," Astghik Azatyan said.
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  • Payvand: Iran cultivates closer ties with Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 12:24
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    After six years of turbulent relations between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, several recent trips by high-ranking Iranian officials to Baku and Azeri ministers to Tehran are the latest signs that the two countries want to forget bad memories and establish closer relations.

    This rapprochement is in part a response to the mutual security challenges that Iran and Azerbaijan currently face, Payvand Iran News reports.

    "In the wake of the nuclear agreement, numerous companies from across the world are keen to invest in Iran. It is obvious that [Iran's] neighboring countries, including the Republic of Azerbaijan, are prioritized in this regard," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a meeting with Azeri Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev in Tehran on August 4.

    On February 16, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, traveled to the capital of Azerbaijan to have meetings with almost all of the country's high-level officials. President Ilham Aliyev, Speaker of National Assembly Ogtay Asadov, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, and Foreign MInister Elmar Maddadyarov all had personal meetings with Zarif during his one-day trip.

    Before Zarif's trip, ministers of the Rouhani administration had traveled almost 20 times to Azerbaijan to reinforce security and economic ties. In November 2014, Rouhani himself traveled to Baku with a high-level delegation to hold his fourth meeting with Aliyev. Rouhani has repeatedly said that one of his major foreign policy plans is to improve, expand, and strengthen relations between Iran and its neighbors.

    Shireen Hunter, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University who follows Eurasian trends, said in an interview with Lobelog: "Despite all differences, however, the two countries have always tried not to let tensions deteriorate beyond a certain point."

    Hunter believes that Baku has reasons for improving relations with Tehran. "Azerbaijan needs Iran partly because it can only access the autonomous region of Nakhijevan through Iran. Nakhijevan itself can hardly survive without Iran. Also already caught in a conflict with Armenia, Azerbaijan cannot afford conflict with Iran, and nor can Iran. Moreover, a large number of Azeris visit Iran for medical treatment and shopping."

    Hunter argues that Salafist threats are the main reason for the recent warming trend in relations. "Azerbaijan's economic difficulties following the drop in oil prices, the Russian-Iranian rapprochement, but perhaps more important the rise of Sunni, including Salafist, activism in Azerbaijan could move it to put relations with Iran on a more solid and lasting understanding if not actual friendship."

    Mohsen Pak Aein, the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, said in an interview with KhabarOnline that the "common fight against terrorism and extremism" was one of the objectives of Zarif's recent travel to Baku.

    Iran is in a critical period. Its southern neighbors around the Persian Gulf are not much interested in expanding relations with Tehran, Iraq has been an unstable and insecure neighbor, Pakistan has never been a reliable neighbor, and relations with Turkey are distant because of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and the Syrian crisis. With Azerbaijan, Iran can secure close ties with a secure and strategically positioned neighbor.
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  • Turkmenistan, Afghanistan sign package of intergovernmental documents
    28.08.2015 12:09
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 28

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    A ceremony of signing bilateral documents was held following the talks in Kabul between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as part of President Berdimuhamedov's official visit to Afghanistan, the Turkmen government said Aug. 28.

    The Ministry of Finance of Turkmenistan and Financial Supervision Department of Afghanistan signed the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the exchange of financial data related to the legalization of proceeds obtained in a criminal way and terrorist financing.

    The memorandum of understanding on further development of cooperation in the energy sector between the government of Turkmenistan and the government of Afghanistan is also among the signed documents.

    The sides also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of sport, the agreement on cooperation in science and technology, the agreement on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan joint intergovernmental commission for trade-economic cooperation.

    The presidents signed the joint statement.

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  • Yasukazu Hamada: Japan respects Azerbaijanв's territorial integrity, sovereignty
    28.08.2015 12:03
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    As part of his visit to Japan, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov has met with Japanese MP Yasukazu Hamada, deputy executive secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and chairman of the foreign relations bureau.

    At the meeting also joined by Azerbaijani ambassador to Japan Gursel Ismayilzade and MPs from the LDP Toshinao Nakagava and Keitaro Ono, Ali Hasanov noted that friendly relations between the two countries are rapidly developing and emphasized the role of mutual official visits in this area, the committee told APA.

    Ali Hasanov also gave information about the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, saying Armenia has occupied 20 percent territory of Azerbaijan and caused a flood of more than a million refugees and IDPs. He said that the OSCE Minsk Group, who are working to settle the conflict, has not achieved any positive result yet. Ali Hasanov also said political and economic relations between Azerbaijan and Japan are developing in an upward trend, mentioning that himself is the deputy chairman of Azerbaijan's ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP). He noted that cooperation between the two ruling parties may make significant contributions to the development of relations between the two countries' friendly peoples. The YAP deputy chairman expressed his confidence that negotiations being held in this regard would soon yield positive a result, and invited the opposite side to pay a visit to Azerbaijan.

    Hamada in his turn said Japan is interested to build high level relations with Azerbaijan, noting that Japan recognizes and respects Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty. The bureau chairman mentioned that Japan too once faced a similar problem, saying he is confident that the historical justice will be restored and the occupied lands will be liberated.
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  • UK citizen commits suicide in Azerbaijani capital
    28.08.2015 12:02
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    The 39-year-old woman is said to have fallen into depression after her pregnancy was damaged

    A British woman has committed suicide in Baku.

    The Narimanov district police office told APA the incident has taken place near ABU PETROL gas station in the district's territory.

    UK citizen Elizabeth Adamuku (1976) has thrown herself off the 12th floor of the 16-storey building in which she lived.

    Police also said the deceased fell into depression after her pregnancy had been damaged. The foreign citizen is believed to have killed herself because of this reason.
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  • Azerbaijani FM to attend trilateral ministerial meeting in Turkey
    28.08.2015 12:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    Trend:

    An Azerbaijani delegation led by Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov left for Turkey, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry told Trend August 28.

    The purpose of the visit is to participate in a trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Turkey, to be held in Antalya on August 28.

    The previous meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan Elmar Mammadyarov, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Rashid Meredov was held in Kuwait in May 2015 as part of the 42nd session of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

    The first meeting in this format was held in Baku in 2014. Baku Declaration was adopted following this meeting.

    The cooperation of the countries covers a wide range of issues, including energy, tourism, humanitarian sphere and politics.

    There are such formats of meetings as Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia, Azerbaijan-Turkey-Iran. The summits of foreign ministers and presidents of these countries were held.

    Edited by CN

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  • New group of Turkish aviation arrives in Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 12:02
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    MiQ-29, F-16 fighters jets, Su-25 strike assault, F-4E bomber, C-130 Hercules military transport planes, Mi-35 combat, Mi-17 and Sikorski UH-60 combat transport, Cougar AS532 search and rescue helicopters are participating in the exercise.

    Under the annual military cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and Turkey, a new group of the aircraft of Turkey's Air Force has arrived in Azerbaijan to participate in the TurAz Falcon 2015 exercises being held between the two countries' air forces.

    More than 30 means of aviation as well as MiQ-29, F-16 fighters jets, Su-25 strike assault, F-4E bomber, C-130 Hercules military transport planes, Mi-35 combat, Mi-17 and Sikorski UH-60 combat transport, Cougar AS532 search and rescue helicopters are participating in the exercises, the Defense Ministry said.

    Tasks to be carried out will include the planning of the joint action of the two countries' air forces, interaction for carrying out operations and learning of combat coordination capabilities, performance of search and rescue actions as well as elimination of ground targets with air strikes, etc.

    There are more aircrafts to arrive.
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  • Date of restoration of gas transportation via Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum announced
    28.08.2015 11:57
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    ''Number of security forces and control points at sites where the pipeline passes through is increased

    Baku. Aqshin Rafiqoglu - APA-Economics. "The part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline intersecting Kars Province is now undergoing repairs," official from Sarikamis region of Kars Province Yusif Izzet Karaman told APA-Economics.

    According to him, the damage caused to the gas line as a result of the explosion committed by PKK terrorists is not that big: A very small part of the pipeline - about 50 meters in length - was damaged. Nevertheless, the damage - too trivial though - still affects the pipeline's operation".

    He noted that the repair works will be completed in a short run: "As you know, analogical explosion occurred a month ago. After three days, the gas transportation resumed. Now, the gas transportation will resume after four days".

    As the repair works have not been completed yet, it's impossible to calculate the damage.

    According to him, safety of the gas pipeline was provided at the highest level: "Number of security forces and control points at sites where the pipeline passes through is increased".

    PKK terrorists committed an explosion on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline in the area of the village Sarikamis of Kars province, Turkey.

    Governor of the province of Kars Gunay Ozdemir said that the explosion was committed in an attack by PKK terrorists.

    "The explosion occurred as a result of a terrorist attack. Because of the strong fire to get closer to the scene has not been possible yet. Measures are taken to extinguish the fire, "said Ozdemir. According to him, the Gas supply through the pipeline has been suspended.

    On August 4, an explosion was committed in the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline.
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  • Foreigners investing more in Azerbaijani market
    28.08.2015 11:54
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    With a favorable location at the crossroads of East and West and promising opportunities, Azerbaijan remains an alluring destination for investment.

    Despite the slowdown in global markets, the South Caucasus country could attract 3.87 billion manat ($3.5 billion) in foreign investments for its oil dependent economy in the first half of 2015, an increase of 46 percent from the same period last year.

    Developing the non-oil sector of economy is a priority for the country, whose public budget is composed nearly 65 percent from oil revenues.

    The country is improving conditions for attraction foreign investors by creating new industrial, chemical, and high-tech parks.

    Investors wishing to work in these parks are granted with tax and customs privileges, allowing them to reduce their production costs. All foreign investment is adequately protected in the country, enhancing investor confidence in Azerbaijan.

    Over 6,857 foreign companies are operating in Azerbaijan. Foreign investment not only plays an important role in the development of the oil sector in the country, but it also gives a powerful boost to the development of the non-oil sector

    There is growth in the flow of foreign investment to Azerbaijanв's non-oil sector, economist Vugar Bayramov told AzerNews.

    The tourism, food, and service sectors are some of the main fields attracting foreign investors and more and more countries are investing in these areas, the expert said.

    From January to May, investment in Azerbaijanв's tourism, service, and food sector increased 5.7 times.

    Turkey and UK are among the countries that are interested in tourism.

    Earlier, Muzaffar Agakerimov, the deputy chairman of the Azerbaijan Tourism Association said foreign investors are interested in engaging in the field, noting a strong demand for hostels in Baku and the regions.

    Another sector attractive for investments is agriculture, which offers appealing prospects.

    2015 was declared the Year of Agriculture in Azerbaijan with the expectation of involving state financial resources to promote the country's agrarian potential.

    Bayramov said that the UKв's share in the total volume of foreign investments to Azerbaijan amounted to 31.8 percent, occupying a lead position in the agrarian sector.

    Companies from the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Pakistan are also interested in this sector.

    Experts state that within three years, this sector will bring significant revenues to the state budget due to increased demand for processed agricultural products.

    Azerbaijan will also invest in the development of refrigerated wagons used for the transit of perishable goods, whereby storage is only possible at low temperatures. Russia needs at least 1,000 of these wagons. This could ensure the national welfare without oil or gas for at least 20-25 years. These wagons could deliver products even to Magadan [Russian port town], bringing in strong revenues throughout the year.

    Bayramov said that the construction sector differs from other ones, as it attracts an ever-growing rate of investment. Here, Turkish companies are showing great activity. China and Japan are also keeping up with Turkeyв's investments.The government of energy-rich Azerbaijan has been taking significant measures on the development of the IT sector.

    Bayramov predicts that the total amount of foreign investments to the country will amount to about $10 billion. He believes that about a half of this will be ensured by non-oil sector.

    Statistics show that some 86.1 percent or over 3.3 billion manat of investments are accounted by investors from the UK, Turkey, Norway, Russia, Iran, Sweden, the US and Japan.

    The UK is the leader among investors. Its share of the total volume of foreign investments amounted to 31.8 percent, or 1.23 billion manat.

    Turkeyв's investments from early 2015, totaled 14.1 percent, followed by Norway at 10.5 percent, Russia and Iran at 6.8 percent each, Sweden at 5.1 percent, the U.S. at 5.8 percent and Japan at 5.2 percent.
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  • Mountain biking tracks open in Didveli, Bakuriani region
    28.08.2015 11:35
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    Mountain biking enthusiasts are officially welcomed to spin their wheels on a new cross-country mountain biking track in Didveli, Bakuriani mountainous area in central Georgia.

    The tracks officially opened today and are suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.

    The tracks are open daily from 11am to 6pm and cost 12 GEL per day.

    Cyclists wanting to take the easy route can meander down the slope at an easy pace while those willing to challenge themselves can try their luck on the jumps on the difficult course.

    Bakuriani is Georgia's second mountain resort area to offer mountain biking tracks.

    On August 9 a 4.8km cross-country track opened in Gudauri for the first time.

    Additionally a 50km circular track, divided into easy, medium and difficult roads, opened in Tbilisi National Park on June 30. The track was marked according to international standards and was created within a United National World Tourism Organisation project.

    The Government of Georgia believed the new biking tracks would help increase the touristic season in Gudauri and Bakuriani as well as promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
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  • Azerbaijan's demography needs motivation
    28.08.2015 11:29
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Despite a stable population growth in Azerbaijan, the World Bankв's ''Golden Aging'' report claimed that the demographic situation in the country needs improvement.

    From the beginning of the year, the population of Azerbaijan grew by 52,300 people, reaching 9,644,300 people as of July 1. In just the first six months of this year, 78,400 children were born in the country, 53.2 percent of whom are boys and 46.8 are girls. Every thousand men in the country is accounted for 1009 women.

    At present, the density of the population in Azerbaijan is 111 people per square kilometer.

    Today, 22.4 percent of the population is aged 0-14, 71.6 percent aged 15-64 years, and six percent is aged 65 or older. The number of deaths (200) has decreased in the country compared with the same period last year.

    These figures seem positive, however, there is the noticeable fact of increasing number of divorces by 500 cases and a decreasing rate of marriage, by 200 cases.

    Azerbaijani sociologist Ali Aliyev told local press that over all these years, the country has gradually shifted to the European type of demographic behavior, with its low birth rate, a smaller number of children per family, and an increase in divorce. ''So it's not a situational phenomenon, but a trend. And the reduction of population growth is our real prospect,'' the expert said.

    Aliyev said Azerbaijan switched to a narrowed mode of reproduction from 2013 according to the net reproduction rate. This means that a demographic time bomb was installed in Azerbaijan and its clock is ticking, he said.

    "We should not close our eyes to the obvious; we have once and for all switched to a European type of mating behavior, with its high divorce rate, low mortality and fertility.

    ''The new demographic behavior is dictated by a radical transformation of the family institution and life priorities. It is extremely difficult or even impossible to radically correct this situation; the trend will likely change the rate, but not the direction,'' the sociologist believes.

    Aliyev warns that urgent measures should be taken to stimulate the birth rate before it is too late.

    According to the ''Golden Aging'' report, Azerbaijan, located on the edge of Europe and Asia, may face problems in some 85 years.

    The report covers 27 countries from Europe and Central Asia and aims to provide a better understanding of the aging process and its links to the economy.

    ''More often than not, the aging of a population is a source of concern, given the potential for higher health care and pension costs, increasing dependency, lower growth, unsustainable fiscal deficits, and intergenerational tensions. Demographic trends are frequently viewed as unstoppable and as an inevitable cause of increasing economic costs,'' says the report.

    According to the report, fertility rates in South Caucasus countries Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia are now all below replacement levels. Meanwhile, overall the Central Asian countries still have comparatively high fertility rates that exceed population replacement rates.

    Experts believe Azerbaijan, despite similar ethno-cultural background to its neighbors across the Caspian, will see its population drop slightly through 2100.

    The situation is dramatic '" Russia will see an 18 percent decline through 2100, dropping from 143,457,000 current citizens to 117,445,000 in 85 years. Belarus and Armenia will see declines of 27 percent and 41 percent, respectively.

    However, every Central Asian state will almost certainly see increasing numbers through the year 2100, the report suggests.

    The study also suggests ways out of the situation with possible investments and development areas that can help reverse the trend.

    Azerbaijan is now implementing a number of social projects to support its population, including a state program on poverty reduction and sustainable development.

    Moreover, the Development Concept ''Azerbaijan '" 2020: Look into the Future'' prioritizes the provision of high quality health and education services to various social groups, including low-income families and poor citizens as a strategic line.

    The development of human capital includes the improvement of the social security system, provisions on gender equality and the development of family, as well as the development of youth potential and sports.

    The concept expects the countryв's population to increase by 1.1 percent a year on average and to reach about 10.2 million in 2020.
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  • Markov: Nagorno Karabakh is a hot smoldering point
    28.08.2015 11:12
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    Conflict in Nagorno Karabakh is not frozen.

    It is a hot smoldering point which starts to grow into a more serious confrontation about twice a year. This shows that OSCE Minsk Group does not fulfill its work well enough. I think it happens because the United States blocks its activity.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from head of the Institute for Political Studies Sergey Markov.

    He believes that the continuous military crashes show the need to find at least an interim resolution, which would partly solve a great set of problems.

    "The most important among them is certainly the return of Azerbaijani refugees to the six deserted regions around Nagorno Karabakh that are controlled by Armenia and kept for future exchange.

    Finally, it is necessary to resume normal diplomatic talks so that to find solution", the expert believes.

    He supposes that Armenia is interested in lifting the blocade carried out by Azerbaijan and Turkey because it would mean better economic development and high living conditions for its citizens and residents of Nagorno Karabakh.

    "All the same, Azerbaijan is interested in return of refugees to the deserted regions around Nagorno Karabakh.

    If the talks do not progress via the Minsk Group mediation, they must be stimulated in any other way. Russia could be a more natural mediator for arrangement of such talks.

    In the future it would be possible to form a regional group (Russia, Iran, Turkey) which would also promote improvement of the situation. However, today Turkey and Iran cannot cooperate with each other and, moreover, their methods of influencing the situation are not quite effective yet", he said.
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  • Azerbaijani-Turkish Air Forces carry out live-fire exercises within "TurAz Falcon '" 2015" - ESSION
    28.08.2015 10:58
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    Baku-APA. Turkish and Azerbaijani Air Forces have carried out practical live firing exercises within frame of the joint exercises of "TurAz Falcon - 2015".

    According to the scenario air defenses have found the conditional offender of the airspace, conveyed the message about the intruder to the combat supervision center and tracked air targets, APA reports quoting the website of the Ministry of Defense.

    On the main stage of the exercises imitation targets of the conditional offender was destroyed via the antiaircraft missile systems S-125.

    Ministry of Defense praised the skills, combat readiness and interaction of personnel involved in the exercises.
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  • European Commission proposing to increase Energy Communityв's budget
    28.08.2015 10:55
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 28

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    The European Commission is proposing to increase the budget of the Energy Community for the year 2016-2017 by 30 percent, Vice-President Maroscaron; Scaron;efДЌoviДЌ said at the Celebration Ceremony of 10th Anniversary Energy Community in Vienna. His speech is published on the European Commission's official website.

    The Energy Community is an international organisation dealing with energy policy. The organisation was established by an international treaty in Oct 2005 in Athens, Greece. The Treaty entered into force in Jul 2006. The Treaty establishing the Energy Community brings together the European Union, on one hand, and countries from the South East Europe and Black Sea region. The key aim of the organisation is to extend the EU internal energy market to South East Europe and beyond on the basis of a legally binding framework.

    In his speech Scaron;efДЌoviДЌ noted that 10 years ago, the Energy Community was established in order to better cooperate and integrate the energy markets of the Balkan countries with each other and with their neighbouring EU Member States.

    "Over time, the Energy Community has developed from a regional pre-accession tool to an eminent instrument for our joint security of supply, carrying further our cooperation in the field of energy. It has helped us to promote safe, secure and predictable production and transportation of energy in the closest EU neighbourhood." Scaron;efДЌoviДЌ said.

    However, he said, the geo-political changes of the past years have obliged the Energy Community to adapt as well. "With the accession of Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia to the EU and the accession of Moldova and Ukraine to the Energy Community, the organisation's nature has changed.

    "The Community's membership has become more diverse and there is a greater incentive for cooperation with the EU Member States," he said adding that the Energy Community has matured.

    The key challenge of the day is the so called 'holly triangle': ensuring a secure supply of energy, which is competitive on the one hand and sustainable on the other, Scaron;efДЌoviДЌ said.

    "In order to achieve all this, and become strong partners for the EU Member States, the Energy Community needs to speak the same "language" as the EU in terms of how it operates its infrastructure and energy supply. In the future, this common "language" will consist - not only of the Third Package and 'security of supply' rules - but also on the third angle of the triangle, namely: common environmental standards," he added.

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  • Iran says nuke-deal didn't fulfill all its expectations
    28.08.2015 10:49
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 27

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    The nuclear deal which was achieved between Iran and the P5 1 last month does not fulfill all expectations of the Islamic Republic, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said.

    However Tehran will remain committed to the deal, Rahimpour underlined in an exclusive interview to Trend news agency.

    After several months of talks, on July 14, Iran and the P5 1 (US, Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany) announced a final accord, curbing Iran 's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions. Following the deal, members of the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on July 20, endorsing the deal.

    Referring to the deal as a "win-win" agreement Rahimpour said that it means parties have connived some demands to reach the agreement.

    "We believe that the nuclear deal is not only good for Tehran and the P5 1 but for entire world as well," he said, adding that the main process in the agreement is done and now it should enter the implementation phase.

    Rahimpour further touched upon the President Hassan Rouhani's foreign policy, saying the president's diplomatic team successfully settled the nuclear case - which turned into a global problem, rather than being only Iran's problem - through a win-win solution.

    The statements made by officials around the world, even inside the US and Israel, and their position against Iran is clearly known, indicates that a lot of work was done and the Islamic Republic is the "inventive and winner" of the accord so far, he stressed.

    The Iranian diplomat also underlined that Iran's successful foreign policy can not be reversed back.

    Even if the US Congress rejects the deal or new tensions rise up ahead it, Iran's successful policy on the issue can not be neglected, Rahimpour said.

    The Iranian administration's foreign policy is based on deacute;tente and fighting extremism, the diplomat stressed.

    "Iran's message for its neighboring countries as well as region and world is clear: friendship, cooperation and relations based on the win-win rule."

    He further commented on the future of Iran's economic cooperation in the post-sanctions period, saying Tehran has started negotiations with various countries.

    The sanctions imposed on Iran were sanctions against the other countries on the flip side, he said, adding that now the EU members and countries which closed doors for themselves in the past, are opening up again.

    "Various delegations are making visits to Tehran and negotiations are held," he said. "We are sure that economic relations between Iran and the other countries will be restored in the coming months."

    Rahimpour said that heads of various countries will visit Iran in the near future, without disclosing the details.

    Shortly after the nuclear deal, German vice-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel visited Tehran, bringing with him a large economic delegation. His visit was followed by the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visiting the Islamic Republic.

    Earlier this week, the UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visited Tehran, as did other high-ranking European officials have a visit to Iran on their agenda.

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