Diplomatic Briefing

Your exclusive news aggregator handpicked daily!

Archive for Azerbaijan

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.


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.


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.


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.


Newsline: Azerbaijan to establish diplomatic mission in Colombia

Azerbaijan is set to open a diplomatic mission in Colombia in March. This was said by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Mexico and Colombia Ilgar Mukhtarov during a meeting with Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar. He also presented the charge d’affaires of the country Ramil Farzaliyev. Mukhtarov noted that the launch of the diplomatic mission will enhance relations and strengthen friendship between both countries.


Newsline: Azerbaijan released Iranian arrested for “suspicious behavior” near Israeli embassy

An Iranian national who was detained in Azerbaijan on charges of “suspicious behavior” near the Israeli embassy has been released and returned home. After one month in detention, Hassan Faraji returned to Iran on Sunday. Faraji was released on Friday but was held by Azeri officials for two days due to document problems. During a meeting with the Iranian ambassador to Baku before his departure, Faraji denied the allegations against himself and said even the news that he was arrested near the Israeli mission was a sheer lie. Faraji, 31, is the latest in a number of Iranians to be accused of criminal plots in recent years in Azerbaijan. On October 11, the Baku Court on Grave Crimes sentenced another Iranian national, Bahram Feyzi, to 15 years in prison on charges of espionage.


Newsline: Iranian embassy officer deported form Azerbaijan

Head of Finance Department of Culture Center of the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan Ahmad Ahmadzade has been deported from the country by security forces. It was announced by Acting Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iranian Parliament Mansour Haqiqatpour. The Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan confirmed the fact noting that the details will be announced later.


Newsline: Iran denies plan to attack Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan

An Iranian man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan denies the allegation, an Iranian diplomat said. Hassan Faraji, 31, is the latest in a number of Iranians to be accused of criminal plots in recent years in Azerbaijan, which has tense ties with its larger southern neighbor. Faraji was detained near the Israeli embassy in the capital Baku on October 31 but his arrest was made public on Wednesday, when state TV showed footage of police raiding an apartment. “Faraji had a detailed plan of an attack on personnel of the Israeli embassy…He put up a resistance to the police during a detention,” police said in a statement. A court in Azerbaijan sentenced him to one month pre-trial detention, while Azeri and Israeli media reported that he had connections with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, an allegation an Iranian official denied. “This information does not correspond to the reality,” the Iranian embassy spokesman, who did not want to be named, told Reuters. Iranian embassy officials met Faraji in custody. The case is a part of wider diplomatic tensions between the neighbors, which share a religion but have sharply different political systems. Iran has accused Azerbaijan of assisting Israel in the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists. Azerbaijan, for its part, has arrested dozens of people last year on suspicion of connections with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and of plotting attacks, including on the Israeli ambassador to Baku. Iranian citizen Phaiz Bakhram Hassan was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison for an attempt to attack the Israeli embassy in Baku. He was arrested last year.


Newsline: Iranian sentenced to jail in Azerbaijan for plot on Israeli Embassy

An Iranian citizen was sentenced to 15 years in jail in Azerbaijan for planning an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Baku. Bahram Feyzi, who was arrested in March and accused of being an Iranian spy along with drug possession, was sentenced in the Baku Court on Grave Crimes, the French news agency AFP reported. He also was accused of being an Iranian secret service agent. Iran’s embassy in Azerbaijan criticized the ruling, saying the charges against Feyzi are unfounded, Iran’s Press TV reported. Twenty-two people were arrested in Azerbaijan in March on suspicion of planning to attack American, Israeli and Jewish targets, including the U.S. and Israeli embassies.


Newsline: Japan appoints new ambassadors to Netherlands, Sweden, Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Zambia, Panama, South Sudan

The Japanese government on Friday appointed new ambassadors to the Netherlands, Sweden and 5 other nations, all effective the same day. Masaru Tsuji, 62, who previously served as ambassador to Croatia from January 2012, was appointed as ambassador to the Netherlands, while Seiji Morimoto, 62, was appointed as ambassador to Sweden. The other appointments are Akio Egawa, 62, as ambassador to Slovakia; Tsuguo Takahashi, 62, as ambassador to Azerbaijan; Kiyoshi Koinuma, 58, as ambassador to Zambia; Hiroaki Isobe, 58, as ambassador to Panama; Takeshi Akamatsu, 50, as ambassador to South Sudan.