The European Union has urged Azerbaijan to release detained opposition figures, in an apparent reference to the alleged abduction and arrest of a journalist critical of Baku and the detention of an opposition politician. The statement on June 4 did not mention names but came after journalist Afqan Muxtarli was kidnapped in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on May 29 and the arrest of opposition politician Gozal Bayramli. The EU statement said “a review by Azerbaijan of any and all cases of incarceration related to the exercise of fundamental rights, including the freedom of expression, and immediate release [of] all of those concerned is urgent. “We expect that the due process of law is respected, as well as the civil and political rights of citizens and those residing legally in states other than their own”, it added. The EU also said it welcomed the Georgian government’s announcement that it would investigate the alleged kidnapping. Tbilisi denies it was involved in the case
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan IlhamAliyev has met with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DCNS Hervé Guillou in Paris. The sides hailed cooperation between Azerbaijan and DCNS, which started in 2004. The implementation of a number of projects to build vessels of various designs and purposes was emphasized at the meeting. Good prospects for cooperation with Baku shipyard were highlighted. Azerbaijani president has also met with Chairman and CEO of CIFAL Group Gilles Remy in Paris.
Speaking at a meeting with visiting Azeri President IlhamAliyev in Tehran, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution underlined that enemies are upset about the cordial relations between Iran and the Azerbaijan Republic.“The evil Zionist regime is trying more than all other enemies to weaken the brotherly relations between Iran and Azerbaijan and, (so) in return, the cordial ties (between Tehran and Baku) must be safeguarded”, Imam Khamenei said. The Leader mentioned common religion as the most important factor that creates a sense of closeness and relationship between the people of the two country. “Iran and Azerbaijan have always been, and still are, close together and the fact that about one million Azeri people traveled to Iran last year is just an example of these cultural and religious ties and commonalities” have said the Ayatollah Khamenei.
President of Azerbaijan IlhamAliyev participated in the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council Third Ministerial Meeting that kicked off in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku. The meeting brought together the energy ministers and representatives of various organizations from the Southern Gas Corridor member-states, as well as MarosSefcovic, vice-president for Energy Union, co-chair of SGC Advisory Council. He noted that Azerbaijan has established close cooperation with the European Commission for the implementation of SGC project.
France intends to implement certain projects jointly with Azerbaijan, French Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification attached to the Prime Minister, member of the government, President of the Senate’s Ecologist parliamentary group Jean-Vincent Place told reporters in Baku. Jean-Vincent Place also said that the cooperation between Azerbaijan and France in the field of education stands at a high level, and France companies are represented here at the highest level. “We had discussions with the service management on bilateral cooperation. Besides, we are willing to implement projects to develop e-government portal. The main goal is to conduct the exchange of experience. France has some experience on e-government. We can benefit from “ASAN” mobile buses in many departments. We held and will hold several meetings in connection with partnership in the field of open government,” the minister said.
President of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies Rodrigo Maia is leading a delegation on an ongoing visit to Azerbaijan. The Brazilian delegation visited the graves of late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev and his spouse Zarifa Aliyeva in the Alley of Honor. The guests also visited the Alley of Martyrs to pay tribute to Azerbaijani heroes. Mr Rodrigo Maia said his visit is aimed at achieving further improvement in Brazil-Azerbaijan bilateral trade and business relations.