Great Leader Heydar Aliyev revered for historical value in Azerbaijan, ex-USSR – prosecutor general

BAKU: Great Leader Heydar Aliyev had historical significance not only in Azerbaijan but also throughout the former Soviet Union, Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Kamran Aliyev said during a speech at an event dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the birth of National Leader Heydar Aliyev, Trend reports. The Prosecutor General stated that, the Great Leader's large-scale activity went beyond Azerbaijan. 'Both in Azerbaijan and the rest of the former Soviet Union, Great Leader Heydar Aliyev made an indelible mark. His efforts helped bring the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) project to fruition during a difficult economic period in the Soviet Union. Heydar Aliyev had a visionary outlook for modern-day Azerbaijan,' Kamran Aliyev added. Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijani FM, Israeli MFA’s political director explore multidimensional co-op prospects (PHOTO)

BAKU: Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Political Director at the Israeli Foreign Ministry Aliza Bin Noun have discussed various aspects of bilateral and multilateral relations between the countries, including economic, security, high technology, the current situation and prospects for cooperation in these areas, a source in the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan told Trend. Bayramov informed in detail about the current situation in the region in the post-conflict period. The parties also exchanged views on international and regional issues of widespread concern. During the visit of the Israeli delegation, a regular meeting was held within the framework of political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Azerbaijan and Israel. At the consultations, the delegation of Azerbaijan was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Fariz Rzayev, and the Israeli delegation - by Bin Noun. Source: Trend News Agency

Larger volumes of cargo to be transported both in East-West direction and vice versa to further strengthen our ties – President Ilham Aliyev

BAKU: Thanks to Azerbaijan's investment, the modernization of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was completed just a few days ago, President Ilham Aliyev said in a joint press conference with President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, Trend reports. The head of state noted that the capacity of this railway has significantly increased, adding, "This project, which was initiated by Azerbaijan, will now play a crucial role as an important segment of the Middle Corridor with its enhanced capabilities. It will enable larger volumes of cargo to be transported both in the East-West direction and vice versa, further strengthening our ties." Source: Trend News Agency

Bilateral talks between Baku, Yerevan offer hope for peace in region – Le Figaro

BAKU: A return to a bilateral approach in negotiations between Azerbaijan and Armenia offers hope for peace establishment in the South Caucasus region, according to an article by French expert for the Middle East, S├ębastien Boussois, published in Le Figaro, Trend reports. The material noted that this could have profound geopolitical consequences, while after decades of conflict, such an approach could bring hope during a period of global tension and the loss of effectiveness of the international community. Boussois pointed out that Russia, the US, and the European Union have failed to succeed as mediators between Azerbaijan and Armenia. "Ministerial delegations from both countries are actively discussing all issues directly, without international mediation. This process could lead to the signing of a peace agreement, ending the long-standing conflict," the expert said. The expert also emphasized that Armenia's agreement to return four villages [occupied since the early 1990s] to Azerbaijan at the end of A pril is an indicator of its desire for peace. "Armenia really has no choice; the country must be reintegrated into regional dynamics as quickly as possible. The opening of the Zangezur corridor will benefit both countries, allowing Azerbaijan to restore communication with its Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Armenia to trade with its neighbors. The Chinese people call this a win-win agreement. Both sides hope that the agreement will be signed before COP29, which will take place in late November in Baku," Boussois concluded. Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijan actively engaged in extensive co-op with partner countries, including Bulgaria, in green energy cable project – President Ilham Aliyev

BAKU: Azerbaijan is actively engaged in extensive cooperation with partner countries, including Bulgaria, in the green energy cable project, President Ilham Aliyev said in a joint press conference with President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, Trend reports. Emphasizing that the feasibility study, expected to be completed in a few months, will pave the way for the project to commence, the head of state said: 'Therefore, Azerbaijan aims not only to position itself as a supplier of oil and gas to the European market but also as a provider of green energy. The potential is substantial, and we will further discuss this at the end of the year during the COP29 conference.' Source: Trend News Agency

Slovakia can reap rewards of Solidarity Ring likewise – Azerbaijani political analyst

BAKU: The visit of Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico to Azerbaijan and the signing of a joint statement on strategic partnership aftermath mark a turning point in relations between Azerbaijan and Slovakia, political analyst Azer Garayev told Trend. He highlighted that diplomatic ties between Azerbaijan and Slovakia were established in 1993, emphasizing President Ilham Aliyev's influential working visit to Slovakia in 2004 to bolster bilateral relations. Presently, relations between the countries are ascending to a new, elevated level. "Slovak companies are active in Azerbaijan, participating in road construction and various projects. Slovakia expresses heightened interest in collaboration with Azerbaijan across energy, agriculture, power plants, environmental protection, and construction sectors. In this context, the involvement of Slovak companies in activities within the liberated lands stands as a pivotal aspect of cooperation between the two nations. The reconstruction of Bash Garvand village in Agh dam district by a Slovak company holds significant symbolic value. It not only underscores the sincerity of Azerbaijan-Slovak relations but also promises modern, 'smart city' and 'smart village' developments adhering to the latest standards upon the return of residents to these liberated lands,' he noted. The political analyst emphasized the importance of the signing of the Joint Declaration as one of the important events. 'The Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Azerbaijan and Slovakia holds significant political weight, as emphasized by President Ilham Aliyev. This year, natural gas exports to European countries are projected to reach 12 billion cubic meters, constituting 50 percent of Azerbaijan's total gas exports. By the end of 2027, plans are underway to increase gas transportation to the European Union's territory to 20 billion cubic meters. Consequently, Azerbaijan is ramping up its natural gas production to fulfill these commitments. Presently, Azerbaijan exports natural gas to eight European countries. The signing of the "Solidarity Ring" document in 2023 has opened avenues for Azerbaijani gas transportation to the Slovakian market. Slovakia may become the ninth European country to receive Azerbaijani natural gas. Additionally, Azerbaijan aims to export renewable energy to Europe, presenting Slovakia with an opportunity to benefit from the power transmission line extending to the Balkan Peninsula,' he noted. Source: Trend News Agency

Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria has multiplied in recent times – President Ilham Aliyev

BAKU: The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria has multiplied in recent times, President Ilham Aliyev said in a joint press conference with President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, Trend reports. The head of state pointed out that the main driver behind this increase is the cooperation in the energy sector, indicating that the current level and future prospects of this partnership are highly encouraging. Source: Trend News Agency

Bulgarian President pays tribute to Alley of Martyrs in Baku (PHOTO)

BAKU: President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, who is on an official visit to Azerbaijan, visited the Alley of Martyrs in Baku, Trend reports. President Rumen Radev paid tribute to Azerbaijani heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity. He also laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument. The Bulgarian President then enjoyed a panoramic view of Baku as he was informed about the history of the Alley of Martyrs and the redevelopment works carried out in the city. Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijan’s gas exports to Bulgaria are increasing year by year – President Ilham Aliyev

BAKU: Azerbaijan's gas exports to Bulgaria are increasing year by year, President Ilham Aliyev said in a joint press conference with President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, Trend reports. 'Last year, Azerbaijan transported 1.25 billion cubic meters of gas to the Bulgarian market. For comparison, I can say that in 2022, this figure was only 600 million,' the head of state added. Source: Trend News Agency