President Ilham Aliyev: Blessed memory of our martyrs will live forever in our hearts

“Unfortunately, we had martyrs during anti-terror measures. May Allah rest the souls of our martyrs in peace! We have wounded soldiers and officers. May Allah grant recovery to them,” said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the nation, APA reports.

“They sacrificed their lives for the Motherland, for the justice, for the sovereignty of Azerbaijan. Their blessed memory will live forever in our hearts,” the head of state emphasized.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

President Ilham Aliyev: As a result of anti-terrorist measures, Azerbaijan regained its sovereignty

“As a result of the initiation and successful completion of anti-terrorist measures, Azerbaijan regained its sovereignty at around 1:00 p.m. yesterday,” said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the nation, APA reports.

“I must note that as a result of anti-terrorist measures, our servicemen have shown great heroism, bravery and professionalism. In difficult terrain and despite the presence of fortifications created over the years of engineering works by the enemy, despite the fact that the enemy’s positions are located on hills and in favorable places, our servicemen once again, as I mentioned, showed heroism and professionalism and achieved significant military success in all directions in a short period of time. A large part of the army of the Armenian state, which was illegally stationed on the territory of Azerbaijan and has not been removed to this day despite the commitment of the Armenian state, has been completely destroyed. Military equipment was destroyed and incapacitated,” the head of state noted.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Russia calls on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to refrain from harsh statements

Russia has called on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to refrain from harsh statements and rash steps that could negate the recent positive results achieved in the negotiation process on delimitation and demarcation of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. Website of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry says.

As noted, Moscow is closely following the development of the situation in connection with the escalated mutual rhetoric between Bishkek and Dushanbe regarding the existing contradictions in the sphere of border delimitation.

«Taking into account the agreements reached during the meeting of the Presidents of Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on October 13, 2022 in Astana, our country confirms its sincere readiness to provide any assistance acceptable to our partners,» the statement says.

The Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that armed conflicts in the post-Soviet space are beneficial primarily to the «collective West», which pursues its selfish goals that have nothing to do with the genuine interests of Central Asian countries.

Earlier, Kamchybek Tashiev, head of the State National Security Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, called on the Tajik authorities to give up territorial claims to Kyrgyzstan.

«If the neighboring country does not give up its territorial claims, then we will also make them. We have enough strength and capabilities for this. We have the opportunity to return the lands that were transferred to the Republic of Tajikistan tens, or even hundreds of years ago,» the head of the State Committee for National Security said.

Immediately afterwards, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan Erlan Abdyldayev was invited to the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Tajikistan. It was noted that during the conversation the Ambassador was informed about the concern of the Tajik side about the statements made by the high state official of the Kyrgyz Republic on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border issues that appeared in the information space on September 15.

Source; 24.kg News Agency

Meeting of Joe Biden with leaders of Central Asian countries: Results of summit

President Joseph Biden met with the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan on Tuesday for the inaugural C5+1 presidential summit on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. Results of the meeting were published on the website of the White House.

As noted, the leaders discussed a range of issues, including security, trade and investment, regional connectivity, the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, and ongoing reforms to improve governance and the rule of law.

Joe Biden welcomed his counterparts’ views on how our nations can work together to further strengthen the Central Asian nations’ sovereignty, resilience, and prosperity while also advancing human rights through our C5+1 partnership.

«President Biden thanked his counterparts for their partnership on regional security challenges and committed to continued collaboration on border security, counterterrorism, and law enforcement issue,» the statement says.

The United States discussed the value of creating a more favorable business environment for U.S. trade and private sector investment through the establishment of a private sector business platform that will complement the C5+1 diplomatic platform.

As reported, USAID will convene a C5+1 Regional Connectivity Ministerial in Central Asia in October to discuss concrete actions that will drive inclusive, sustainable economic development.

The United States proposed launching a C5+1 Critical Minerals Dialogue to develop Central Asia’s vast mineral wealth and advance critical minerals security. These efforts are part of continued U.S. support to drive investment in and development of the Trans-Caspian Trade Route through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment that will help facilitate regional economic integration and resilience.

President Biden also advocated for continued support of civil society and women’s economic empowerment activities and encouraged a new C5+1 focus on mainstreaming disability rights across all sectors.

Source; 24.kg News Agency

Azerbaijan produced 186 thousand b/d in August

Oil production in Azerbaijan in August 2023 amounted to 498 thousand b/d against the July figure at the level of 499 thousand b/d. According to the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan, in August 2023, daily oil production with condensate in Azerbaijan amounted to 620 thousand barrels (in July 621 thousand barrels), of which 498 thousand barrels accounted for oil production, condensate – 122 thousand barrels. By the end of 2023, Azerbaijan’s quota for oil production under the OPEC+ deal is 684 thousand b/d. Thus, in August, Azerbaijan fulfilled the OPEC+ deal by 137.3% or lagged behind the OPEC+ quota by 186 thousand b/s.

Source: Turan News Agency

Kyrgyzstan’s economic growth to slow in 2023, recover slightly in 2024 – ADB

The Kyrgyz Republic’s economy is projected to grow more slowly in 2023 due to a slowdown in gold production and the impact of unfavorable weather on agriculture, despite strong performance of services, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. The Asian Development Outlook (ADO) September 2023 projects the Kyrgyz Republic’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate to be 3.8% in 2023, lower than ADB’s previous forecast of 4.5%, on the back of slower-than-expected growth in the first 7 months of the year. The Central Asian nation’s economic growth is expected to accelerate slightly to 4% in 2024. ‘The outlook remains subject to heightened uncertainty and downside risks from a net reversal of capital flows, lower than projected economic growth in the Russian Federation, lower remittances, or secondary sanctions,” said ADB Country Director for Kyrgyz Republic Zheng Wu. “In this context, policy reforms must continue to raise the country’s growth potential and build resilience to future shocks.’ Inflation subsided in the first 7 months of 2023 as global food and energy prices began to decline. Projected annual inflation remains at 12% for 2023 and is expected to decelerate to 8.6% in 2024. This year, ADB launched a new 5-year country partnership strategy (CPS) for the Kyrgyz Republic to support the country’s development priorities by fostering inclusive, resilient, and private sector-led growth. Since the Kyrgyz Republic joined ADB in 1994, the bank has committed 208 public sector loans, grants, and technical assistance totaling $2.5 billion to the country. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members-49 from the region.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

President: I am sure that Armenian people living in Karabakh will promptly see positive changes

‘I said this before, and I say it once more, Armenian people in Karabakh are our citizens,’ said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the nation. ‘These people were taken hostage by Armenian nationalists, war criminalists, by so-called leaders of Armenia and Karabakh, they contaminated their minds. They manipulated their minds with impossible delusions about Azerbaijan, about Azerbaijani people,’ the head of state noted. ‘I am sure that Armenian people living in Karabakh will promptly see positive changes. Because our intention is to build a common life based on peace, mutual understanding, mutual respect. We have no problems whatsoever with Armenian people, nor do we have any animosity towards them,’ President Ilham Aliyev underscored.

Source: AZERTAC, Azerbaijan State News Agency