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Azerbaijan Turkey

Erdogan To Join Aliyev At Ceremony To Open Airport Beside Nagorno-Karabakh (RFE RL)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to join Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on October 26 at a ceremony to open Fuzuli International Airport.

Aliyev in January ordered the government to build the airport in Fuzuli, a district adjacent to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh that was placed under Baku’s control as part of a truce signed in November last year following a 44-day war between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces.

Erdogan To Join Aliyev At Ceremony To Open Airport Beside Nagorno-Karabakh (rferl.org)

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Azerbaijan Iran

Iran tests drones amid simmering tensions with Azerbaijan (Al Monitor)

The air force of the Iranian army launched a major drill on Oct. 21 involving several bases nationwide, the latest in a series of muscle-flexing gestures by the Islamic Republic in recent weeks.

According to the Iranian army’s air force commander, Brig. Gen. Hamid Vahedi, the exercise was testing combat preparedness for bombardments and using domestically developed weapons, laser missiles and smart bombs.

Iran tests drones amid simmering tensions with Azerbaijan – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Armenia Azerbaijan Turkey

‘Zangezur Corridor’ Closer to Realization as Armenia Readies to Normalize Relations With Turkey and Azerbaijan (Vasif Huseynov, The Jamestown Foundation)

On October 15, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, in an online summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), declared his country’s readiness to provide both railway and highway connection to Azerbaijan, via southern Armenian territories, that would link mainland Azerbaijan with its exclave of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Baku has routinely referred to this overland passage as the “Zangezur corridor,” with a reference to the historical name of what is today Armenia’s Syunik Province (Primeminister.am, October 15). Although Pashinian had previously confirmed the plans for the construction of a railway link between two parts of Azerbaijan via the Meghri region of Syunik Province, he had rejected Baku’s demand for an automobile road along the same route (see EDM, May 24).

‘Zangezur Corridor’ Closer to Realization as Armenia Readies to Normalize Relations With Turkey and Azerbaijan – Jamestown

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Azerbaijan France The Jamestown Foundation

Cautious Optimism in Azerbaijani-French Relations: The View From Baku (Shabnam Hasanova, The Jamestown Foundation)

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s interview with French television channel France 24 late last month (September 28) highlighted both current and future perspectives for bilateral relations between the two countries. At the same time, it sent a signal to Armenia, which has long presumed to have a much closer relationship with France (President.az, September 28).

Cautious Optimism in Azerbaijani-French Relations: The View From Baku – Jamestown

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Al Monitor Azerbaijan Qatar

Qatar, Azerbaijan sign visa agreement (Al Monitor)

Qatar and Azerbaijan signed a visa waiver agreement on Monday.

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani inked the deal with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in Baku. The agreement stipulates a mutual exemption of visa requirements for passport holders in each country, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was also present at the meeting.

Qatar, Azerbaijan sign visa agreement – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Armenia Azerbaijan International Court of Justice

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of ‘ethnic cleansing’ at UN court (Al Jazeera)

Azerbaijan has gone to the UN top court to accuse Armenia of laying landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh as part of a campaign of “ethnic cleansing”, despite an end in hostilities between the two rivals.

Azerbaijani deputy foreign minister Elnur Mammadov requested that the International Court of Justice order Armenia to halt the laying of landmines, provide Azerbaijan with maps of minefields and take measures to halt incitement of racial hatred.

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of ‘ethnic cleansing’ at UN court | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

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Azerbaijan Turkey

Turkey agrees to import more gas from Azerbaijan (Al Monitor)

Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a new gas deal Friday.

Azerbaijan will supply Turkey with 11 billion cubic meters of natural gas through the end of 2024, per the agreement. Turkey’s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said the deal is part of Turkey’s efforts to meet the population’s gas demands, which will increase with the coming winter, the official Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkey agrees to import more gas from Azerbaijan – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Azerbaijan Europe Iran

Iran dismisses Azerbaijan’s claims of drug route to Europe (Al Monitor)

Iran and Azerbaijan are in a war of words again, this time over drug smuggling.

On Friday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev claimed that the country had closed a drug route from Iran to Armenia and onto Europe. The purported route supposedly passed through southwest Azerbaijan as well, according to Azerbaijani media outlets.

Iran dismisses Azerbaijan’s claims of drug route to Europe – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Armenia Azerbaijan

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred at UN court (Al Jazeera)

Armenia has told judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague that Azerbaijan promotes ethnic hatred against Armenians and asked the court to stop what its lawyers call a cycle of violence and hatred.

Armenia’s assertions, which Azerbaijan has denied, are part of a case it filed at the United Nation’s highest court last month that says Azerbaijan has violated the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, to which both states are signatories.

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred at UN court | Courts News | Al Jazeera

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