Georgians remember 20 January tragedy in Azerbaijan
Three decades have passed since the 20 January tragedy in Baku, known as Black January.
People in Marneuli Municipality also remembered the Black January developments in Baku. The event attended by representatives of the Embassy of Azerbaijan and members of different organizations was conducted under the aegis of the Azerbaijan Center in Georgia.
A video collage of the 20 January tragedy developments was presented at the event, and later floral tributes were placed at the cemetery of Vapadar Eminov, who participated in both 20 January and 9 April events.
Today, Azerbaijanis commemorated the 30th anniversary of Black January, a bloody crackdown by Soviet troops on Azerbaijani activists.
On 20 January 1990, the Soviet Union army raided peaceful Azerbaijani protesters, killing 131 people, wounding and injuring 744 and incarcerating at least 400. Black January is considered the day of the birth of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Armenia-Azerbaijan: EU calls for immediate cessation of hostilities along Line of Contact
The European Union has called for an immediate cessation of the hostilities which have broken out between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces around the Lachin corridor and other places along the Line of Contact. “Regrettably, these clashes already led to loss of life and injuries,” said a statement issued on 3 August.
“It is essential to de-escalate, fully respect the ceasefire and return to the negotiating table to seek negotiated solutions,” the statement added.
“The European Union remains committed to help overcome tensions and continue its engagement towards sustainable peace and stability in the South Caucasus,” it concluded.
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani President Aliyev
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The Secretary and President Aliyev discussed Azerbaijan and Armenia’s historic opportunity to achieve peace in the region. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ offer of assistance in helping facilitate the opening of regional transportation and communication linkages. Secretary Blinken encouraged continued bilateral dialogue, such as the recent meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers in Tbilisi. The Secretary also reaffirmed support for productive EU-brokered discussions. He conveyed that the United States has been an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair since 1994 and stands ready to engage bilaterally and with likeminded partners to help Armenia and Azerbaijan find a long-term comprehensive peace. Secretary Blinken also urged President Aliyev to release all remaining Armenian detainees.
EU and Azerbaijan to double capacity of Southern Gas Corridor
Yesterday in Baku, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership in the Field of Energy.
The agreement includes a commitment to double the capacity of the Southern Gas Corridor to deliver at least 20 billion cubic metres to the EU annually by 2027.
“With this new Memorandum of Understanding, we are opening a new chapter in our energy cooperation with Azerbaijan, a key partner in our efforts to move away from Russian fossil fuels,” said Ursula von der Leyen. “Not only are we looking to strengthen our existing partnership which guarantees stable and reliable gas supplies to the EU via the Southern Gas Corridor. We are also laying the foundations of a long-term partnership on energy efficiency and clean energy, as we both pursue the objectives of the Paris Agreement.”
According to the European Commission, the EU and Azerbaijan are also currently negotiating a new comprehensive agreement that would enhance cooperation in a wide range of areas. These include economic diversification, investment, trade and the full use of civil society potential, while stressing the importance of human rights and the rule of law.
Following the visit in Baku today, the EU-Azerbaijan Cooperation Council will meet on 19 July in Brussels to review overall relations and discuss potential areas of mutual interest for cooperation in the future.
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Tbilisi hosts a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov, together with his delegation arrived in Tbilisi this morning. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, accompanied by his delegation is also in Tbilisi.
Within the framework of the visit, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia held meetings with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, also held a meeting with his Azerbaijani and Armenian colleagues.
The sides noted with satisfaction the high agenda of Georgia-Azerbaijan strategic partnership, on the one hand, and the centuries-old friendship and good-neighbourly relations between Georgia and Armenia, on the other.
Special attention was paid to the importance of joint efforts to ensure stability and peaceful development in the region. In this context, the Georgian side welcomed the visit of the foreign ministers of the two countries to Tbilisi and once again expressed its commitment to contribute, through joint efforts, to peace and stability in the region.
Following the discussions with his colleagues, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomed the meeting to be held by the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in a bilateral format.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the visit to Tbilisi of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Armenia as Georgia's neighboring and friendly countries, and expresses the hope that through the concerted efforts to ensure peaceful coexistence in the South Caucasus and stable development of the region, it will become possible to solve various issues on the agenda, create positive dynamics and develop the potential of the region.
Georgia expresses its readiness to further host the dialogue in the same format for the benefit of the region.
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Prime Minister’s meeting with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Transport
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Rashad Nabiyev, Azerbaijan's Minister of Digital Development and Transport.
The meeting at the Government Administration focused on the strategic partnership between Georgia and Azerbaijan and ways to further their bilateral cooperation.
The parties discussed the economic cooperation between the countries in the format of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission. Attention was paid to deeper cooperation in the areas of transport and digital technology, pointing out the empowerment of the country's transit function and the establishment of a regional logistics hub as the one of the Georgian Government's priorities. The conversation also touched on implemented and ongoing regional infrastructural projects designed to bolster Georgia's function as a transit corridor, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad connector project and projects seeking to modernize Georgia's railroad network and build the East-West Highway.
Attention was also paid to the trade cooperation between the two countries, with a special emphasis on Azerbaijan being among Georgia's top five trade partners over the past few years.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Georgia, Faig Guliyev, and the Georgian side represented by the Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Levan Davitashvili, and the CEO of the Georgian Railway, Davit Peradze.
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