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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.