Azerbaijan and Korea could supplement established interaction formats and co-operation in various organisation with co-action in new formats – Speaker

There are fine opportunities to promote a continued growth of the mutually advantageous co-operation across the whole range of sectors of shared interest. Our countries could find new forms of co-operation apart from the established interaction formats and joint efforts made in various organisations, Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova said that at her conversation with Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Kim Jin-pyo, held as part of Mrs Gafarova’s current official visit to Seoul, APA reports.

A collaboration mechanism that would encompass Azerbaijan, Central Asian countries and the Republic of Korea could prove to be one such novelty, one which could generate dramatic opportunities and afford advantages in diverse areas. Mrs Gafarova said she was certain that cultural and linguistic proximity could ensure important outcomes from a partnership between the Republic of Korea and the Organisation of Turkic States.

Transport co-operation opportunities were considered as well. The East-West Trans-Caspian Corridor is a dependable and safe route that connects the East and the West. Azerbaijan’s role as a country sporting a modern transport infrastructure and transit potential is on the rise. The transit flow will grow large still with the launch of the Zangazur Corridor, it was said.

Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Jin-pyo also touched on the similar features of Azerbaijan and Korea and underlined the importance of both countries’ geographical positions: Azerbaijan and Korea connect seas and continents. This resemblance pushes our relations forward whilst also bringing our states yet closer together, he remarked.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Expansion of EU Mission on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border to be discussed in Brussels by year-end

The issue of expanding the European Union Mission in Armenia (EUMA) will be discussed in Brussels by year-end, EUMA Head of Mission Markus Ritter has said, APA reports citing Armenian media.

EUMA now includes representatives of 23 countries of the EU.

Ritter emphasized that currently, the Monitoring Mission includes representatives of 23 EU member countries, adding that the Mission is likely to include representatives of all 27 EU member countries.

“The issue of expanding the mission will be discussed in Brussels by the end of the year. We have to wait for the results. However, as it was said before, due to what is happening here, a lot of political attention is being paid to this mission.”

Touching on the possibility of a third non-EU country joining the EU Mission in Armenia, Markus Ritter recalled Canada’s decision to join the EU observation mission and said that this issue will be discussed in Brussels if there is similar interest from other countries.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

GDP forecast in Azerbaijan for 2024 has been announced

The GDP growth rate in Azerbaijan is expected to be 2.4% or 118.4 billion manats in the base scenario in 2024, the Finance Ministry of the country noted, APA reports.

According to the Ministry, compared to the base scenario, the real growth in the optimistic scenario is 3.3 percent or 128.7 billion manats. In the pessimistic scenario, the real growth is -0.1 percent or 103.0 billion manats.

The growth rate of non-oil GDP is expected to be 4.6% or 84.2 billion manats in the base scenario 2024. Compared to the base scenario, the real growth in the optimistic scenario is 5.8% (1.2 percentage points more) or 87.4 billion manats (3.2 billion manats more), and in the pessimistic scenario the real growth is 0.7% (3. 9 percentage points less) or 78.5 billion manats (5.7 billion manats less).

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Turkish MoD posts video footage from joint exercises held in Azerbaijan-VIDEO

Ministry of National Defense of Türkiye has posted on its official X account a video footage from the “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Exercises” held in Azerbaijan, APA’s Türkiye correspondent reports.

“One heart, one fist! Breathtaking footage from the “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Exercises” jointly organized with the brotherly Azerbaijan Army and the personnel of our Air Force also participated in…,” the post says.

Note that the joint tactical exercises dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Türkiye were held on October 23-25 in several directions, including Baku city, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and liberated areas.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

ANAMA found nearly 1,700 landmines in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories in October

Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) announced monthly information on the operations carried out in the liberated territories, ANAMA told APA.

According to the information, ANAMA discovered 1695 landmines in the liberated territories last month.

In the period from October 1 to 31, 767 anti-personnel mines, 928 anti-tank mines, and 8537 unexploded military ordnance (UXO) were found and neutralized in Tartar, Kalbajar, Agdam, Khojaly, Khojavand, Fuzuli, Shusha, Lachin, Gubadli, Jabrayil, and Zangilan.

As a result, 6, 687, 4 hectares of land were cleared of mines and UXOs.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency