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Newsline: Baku denies reports on Azerbaijan’s ambassador recall from Russia

Media reports about the recall of Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu are groundless, the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan said. “Reports of certain news media about the recall of the Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Russia are contrary to facts,” the Foreign Ministry said. (https://tass.com/world/1223793) The ambassador made an ambiguous remark during the online briefing, when commenting on the incident with the Russia Mi-24 helicopter shot down in Armenia. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in this regard that it assumes Baku will not allow itself making any oblique statements in connection with the tragic incident. The Russian Mi-24 helicopter was downed over Armenia near the border with Azerbaijan on November 9. Two crew members were killed and another one was injured. Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry later claimed responsibility for the crash, informing that its Armed Forces had downed the Russian helicopter by mistake and offered to pay damages.

Newsline: Azerbaijan Recalls Its Ambassador to Greece for Consultations

Azerbaijan on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Greece for consultations amid conflict with ethnic Armenian forces around Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azeri foreign ministry said. “We brought to the attention of the Greek Foreign Ministry information from open sources about the arrival of Armenian citizens from foreign countries, including from Greece, to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan to participate in military operations,” the ministry said in a statement. (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-10-08/azerbaijan-recalls-its-ambassador-to-greece-for-consultations-foreign-ministry) Armenia denied the allegations and Athens had recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan on Wednesday after what it said were “unfounded and offensive” allegations by the Azeri government that Greece tolerated militants on its soil.

Newsline: Greece recalls its ambassador to Azerbaijan

Greece’s Foreign Ministry says it is recalling its ambassador to Azerbaijan following what it says are “completely unfounded and insulting allegations” by the Azerbaijani government that it is tolerating the preparation of terrorist acts. In a statement Wednesday, the ministry said the Greek ambassador had been recalled to Athens for consultations. It said the Azerbaijani government had claimed Greece was tolerating the preparation of terrorist acts, attempts to recruit terrorist fighters and cyberattacks against Azerbaijan. (https://www.yourvalley.net/stories/greece-recalls-its-ambassador-to-azerbaijan,193119) The ministry said it had filed a protest over the issue on Tuesday with the Azerbaijani ambassador in Greece. Earlier this month, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs cited media reports and other information that it said indicated that “thousands of ethnic Armenians” from several countries, including Greece, were heading to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Newsline: Israel may halt its weapons sale to Azerbaijan, Armenian ambassador says

Israel may halt commercial weapon sales to Azerbaijan, Armenian Ambassador to Israel Armen Smbatyan told The Jerusalem Post, as fighting intensified for the ninth day between the two countries. “I believe that due to the appeal by the international organizations and many individual states for an immediate de-escalation, Israel may halt its arms sales to Azerbaijan,” Smbatyan said. (https://www.jpost.com/international/israel-may-halt-its-weapons-sale-to-azerbaijan-armenian-ambassador-says-644602) Last week, Armenia recalled Smbatyan for consultations to protest the sale of Israeli made weapons, including drones, to Azerbaijan, which have been used against its forces. The Foreign Ministry said it would not comment on Smbatyan’s words or on Jerusalem’s export policy with regard to defense matters. Renewed hostilities broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan on September 27, over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Newsline: Armenia recalls ambassador to Israel over arms sales to Azerbaijan

Armenia recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations over Israeli arms sales to Azerbaijan. Protesting against the Israeli weapons exports, Armenian foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan said “Israel’s workstyle is unacceptable. The ministry has to call back its ambassador in Israel.” (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-armenia-azerbaijan-israel/armenia-recalls-ambassador-to-israel-over-arms-sales-to-azerbaijan-idUSKBN26M76L) Azerbaijan has acknowledged using Israeli-made weapons in its fighting with ethnic Armenian forces around Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy clashes this week have drawn international calls for an immediate ceasefire.

Newsline: Azerbaijani Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia Detained on Embezzlement Charges

Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia, Eldar Hasanov, has been detained on embezzlement charges. Azerbaijan’s State Security Service said in a statement on August 13 that Hasanov is suspected of embezzling from the Foreign Ministry’s consulate directorate. “The complex financial investigations revealed that the country’s ambassador to Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro, Eldar Hasanov, had committed significant financial and other mishandling,” the statement said. (https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijani-ambassador-in-balkans-detained-on-embezzlement-charges/30783943.html) The statement added that further information would be provided at a later time.

Newsline: Israeli Foreign Ministry appoints first Arab Christian diplomat as ambassador to Azerbaijan

For the first time, an Arab Christian diplomat has been appointed as an Israeli ambassador. Attorney George Deek, an Arab Christian diplomat with years of experience is the new Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan. The newly appointed ambassador was born to a Christian Arab family in Jaffa, and is the only Christian in the Foreign Ministry. He served as deputy ambassador to Nigeria as well as the deputy ambassador to Norway, both for a period of three years. “George Deek is a talented Israeli diplomat who has passed the diplomatic training process with flying colors, and even served at the Israeli embassies in Abuja and Oslo. He is a gifted advocate and a popular lecturer. We are proud of his appointment, which symbolizes the integration of Israeli diplomats from various backgrounds in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5408979,00.html

Newsline: Norway to close embassy in Azerbaijan, open in Georgia

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Ine Eriksen Søreide said Oslo plans to open its Embassy in Tbilisi in the course of 2019, Civil.ge reports. Simultaneously, the Norwegian Embassy in Baku will be closed, with Azerbaijan being covered from Norway’s representation in Ankara, Turkey. The Royal Norwegian Embassy has been operating in Baku since 1998, and was also accredited to Georgia. Announcing the move, the Norwegian Foreign Minister said the decision was taken “on the basis of an overall assessment of Norwegian interests and our ties with the countries in the Southern Caucasus.” “Georgia is one of our priority partner countries in the Eurasia region. For many years, it has been following a course of reform, which has brought it closer to European and Euro-Atlantic cooperation structures,” Ine Eriksen Søreide stated.

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/258287090/norway-to-close-embassy-in-azerbaijan-open-in-georgia

Newsline: Venezuela opens embassy in Azerbaijan

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela opened in Azerbaijan. Head of the State Protocol Department at the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Parvin Mirzazade received the newly-appointed Charge d’Affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy in Azerbaijan, Pedro Argenis Sanchez Flores. At the meeting, Sanchez Flores handed a letter of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Montserrat addressed to Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on the opening of the embassy and appointment of Sanchez Flores as the Charge d’Affaires.

http://santiagotimes.cl/2018/04/05/venezuela-opens-embassy-in-azerbaijan/

Newsline: Estonian embassy opened in Azerbaijan

Estonian embassy has been opened in Baku, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry reported. Charge d’Affaires of Estonia to Azerbaijan, Jaap Ora held a meeting at the ministry on August 29, the ministry said. During the meeting, Ora informed the Azerbaijani side on the embassy’s opening. Earlier, Estonia was represented in Azerbaijan through its embassy in Turkey. Azerbaijan has an embassy in Tallinn. Over 2,500 Azerbaijanis live in Estonia.

http://www.azernews.az/azerbaijan/70108.html