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President Ilham Aliyev received Iranian Foreign Minister

Baku, January 25, AZERTAC

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.

President Ilham Aliyev said:

-Very glad to see you. Welcome to Azerbaijan.

Mohammad Javad Zarif: Thank you Mr. President. I have the best wishes and greetings from President Rouhani.

President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you very much and convey my best greetings to Mr. President, best wishes in New Year As the year has started, I am glad to host you in Azerbaijan to discuss our plans and also to review what have been done. We are very satisfied with the level of cooperation between our countries. As you know we have numerous meetings on the level of presidents, more than ten, and also on the level of other high ranking officials. All of those meetings were very productive. I just received a report from our Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Mustafayev who recently visited your country. And discussions he had, the agreements, all what we have planned were implemented. And we see very good results in political area, where two brotherly countries became much closer during the last several years, in economic area, in the area of transportation, energy and all the projects which today we are focusing on like North-South Transportation Corridor and projects related to energy infrastructure are moving forward successfully. The North-South Transportation Corridor is working. I have just got information that last year we had growth of cargo transportation of almost 20 percent, which is very positive. You know, achievement though we didn’t complete it fully but we are moving in that direction. The new opportunities with respect to the new situation in the region open of course wide doors for private investors also for governmental structures to cooperate. The new transportation connections are now in the phase of discussion. And of course our cooperation on Khudafarin water reservoir and future plans with respect to the construction of power station are already in a very active phase. So, hopefully in the coming couple of years we will be able to complete this project completely and to supply new power generation to both sides. And the project which we also agreed several years ago on the high level Ordubad-Maraza power station also moves successfully. So, we have a broad agenda of issues not to mention the new bridge across the river which hopefully soon will be a groundbreaking ceremony held and many other. So, we have a lot of things to discuss and first I want to just express my high appreciation our bilateral relations, their level, speed of development and achievements, and new plans. Of course, we will be very happy to see companies from Iran among the companies who will participate in the reconstruction of the liberated areas. That will be natural. Because as I said, only friendly countries will be our partners. And of course, Iranian companies have an advantage because of the close proximity, logistics and great experience. So, Mr. Minister, welcome once again.

Mohammad Javad Zarif:

-Thank you Mr. President, first of all for receiving us. And I want to begin by congratulating you and the people of Azerbaijan for liberation of your territories. Your leadership and perseverance of the people of Azerbaijan made this victory possible for you and for the region. And we hope that this will be the beginning for peaceful, normal relations between the countries in the region. I am taking up your suggestion of 3+3 and I will be visiting all the six countries, five plus Iran. And I want to make sure that the vision for peace that your presented will be discussed and will come to fruition, because it is in the interest of all of us in the region that the countries in the region could cooperate with each other. Now that we have normal situation following territorial integrity restored and the occupation ended, Azerbaijani people can go back to the places of origin and Iran wants to help in doing that probably. In addition to being your friends we are the closest and have the highest comparative advantage. In rebuilding the areas where you need your population to come back and rehabilitate those areas, they area our families, they are our kin. The relations on the two sides of Araz are relations of kinship and friendship has been for all the time. So, in the area of energy, in the area of reconstruction and in the area of agriculture where we can create living for people who will be going back. These are areas where would be our priority and our companies are ready to engage. The projects that Your Excellency mentioned and I want to appreciate that under your leadership the visit that we have had, the visit of the Foreign Minister, the visit of the Deputy Prime Minister to Iran have been extremely successful and we look forward to engaging in those areas from the South-North Corridor to South-West Corridor, to other power production, energy, Khudafarin, Qiz Qalasi, other probably good areas of cooperation. And we are very happy that during the visit by your officials to Iran these projects moved very rapidly and now we can have a common border a much longer common border of friendship.

President Ilham Aliyev:

-Exactly. As you know, when I was visiting the area of Khudafarin I called this a border of friendship and this is true. This is a border of friendship, this is a border of brotherly people.

 
UNEC hosts international conference on "Azerbaijan's Albanian Christian heritage - Khudavang monastery”

Baku, January 25, AZERTAC

Organized by Center for Multiculturalism and the department for Coordination and Organization of Research Centers of Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC), an international conference on "Azerbaijan's Albanian Christian heritage – Khudavang monastery" has been held.

At the conference moderated by Rana Huseynova, head of Coordination and Organization of UNEC Research Centers, rector of Azerbaijan Institute of Theology Agil Shirinov drew attention to the urgency of the issue, noting that Khudavang Albanian monastery in Kalbajar is the largest monastery complex in Azerbaijan . Noting that Azerbaijan is a multicultural nation, the rector said that the preservation of Khudavang temple by the Azerbaijani people for more than thousand years is one of the clear examples of this. Rector Shirinov stressed that as a result of the liberation of the occupied lands, Khudavang Monastery has returned to its rightful owners, adding that this temple will be visited not only as the monastery of Azerbaijan, but as one of the most important temples in the world.

Professor Mahabbat Pashayeva, head of the UNEC Center for Multiculturalism drew the audience’s attention to the fact that the monuments of Caucasian Albania are the historical and cultural heritage of the Azerbaijani people and noted that Armenians have begun their occupation policy against the Azerbaijanis since the late 20th century, many of the historical monuments preserved for centuries have been destroyed, more than 1,000 of Azerbaijani historical monuments, including Albanian temples, which have been under Armenian occupation for nearly 30 years, have been savagely destroyed by Armenians, and the rest have been falsified and presented as Armenian churches. He noted that thanks to Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev and glorious Azerbaijani army, along with native lands, historical monuments had been liberated during the 44-day war, emphasizing that the truth about Karabakh monuments and history would be conveyed to the world community. She expressed confidence that Karabakh, like other regions of Azerbaijan, will soon become a place of multicultural values.

Turkish Mardin-Diyarbakir Metropolitan Saliba Ozmen spoke about the historical ties of the Albanian Church with the ancient Assyrian Church in Turkey, emphasizing that many Albanian churches, such as the Khudavang Monastery in Azerbaijan, are a great wealth for the development of religious tourism. Expressing readiness to closely assist Albanian Church in the restoration of the Albanian-Udi Church, the metropolitan thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for protecting Albanian-Udi Christians and paying equal attention to many churches and mosques, including Khudavang Monastery.

Chairman of the Albanian-Udi Christian Religious Community of Azerbaijan Robert Mobili spoke about the rich cultural heritage of the Khudavang Monastery, the pearl of Kalbajar and a special place for Udi in the history of Azerbaijan. He said that today these temples under the auspices of Azerbaijan will be restored, and soon these Albanian temples will be open to the world for both pilgrimage and tourism.

Rafik Danakari, the preacher of Khudavang Monastery, said he was very proud of the return of the monastery to its owners. He said that after many years of longing, he experienced the joy of praying in his native monastery.

Richard Danakari, Professor of the department of History and Political Theory, Volgograd Academy for Civil Service, Nazila Isgandarova, Professor of Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, Canada, Elkhan Mirhashimli, Chairman of the Azerbaijani House of Culture in the Netherlands, Lala Aydamirova, Press Secretary of the Azerbaijani House of Culture in the Netherlands spoke about the measures taken to introduce it to the world and made proposals.

In their speeches, they proposed to expand cooperation in order to promote the heritage of Caucasian Albania in Canada and Europe, to cover the research conducted by the UNEC Center for Multiculturalism in foreign media, to organize joint conferences with European universities. They also stressed the importance of cooperation in educating both European and Azerbaijani youth about the heritage of Caucasian Albania.

In conclusion, Professor Mahabbat Pashayeva said that all the proposals voiced by the conference participants would be evaluated.

 
China provides 18 government scholarships for Kyrgyz citizens
Bishkek, Jan. 25, 2021. /Kabar/. A competition is announced for studies in higher educational institutions of the People's Republic of China on bachelor's, master's, doctoral programs and for language internships for 2021-2022 academic year, according to the website of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science. Under an Agreement between governments of the SCO member states on cooperation in the field of education and an Agreement between the Ministries of Education of Kyrgyzstan and China on cooperation in education, the Chinese State Education Committee allocated 18 government scholarships for 2021-2022 academic year for citizens of Kyrgyzstan in universities of China on bachelor, master, doctoral degree and language internship. The Education Ministry of Kyrgyzstan noted that personal presence of candidates is required for participation in the face-to-face stage of the preliminary selection, that is, computer testing and interviewing. Tentatively, interviews will be held until Feb. 25, 2020.
 
Azerbaijan, UK discuss military cooperation

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Turkmen President receives Azerbaijan`s FM

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

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

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

The development of bilateral cooperation in all areas was highlighted.

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

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

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

 
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