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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: Indonesian embassy car involved accident in Azerbaijan

A Honda car belonging to the Indonesian Embassy in Azerbaijan collided with a Hyundai car in Baku Nov. 17, police told APA. None was injured, however, both cars were severely damaged. According to police, the Honda, driven by a man called Fardy Jokogyanda, is an office car of Indonesia’s military attaché to Azerbaijan.


Newsline: Bullet hits US embassy official’s car in Azerbaijan

The US diplomat has informed the police about shooting. Two were wounded in an incident in Baku’s Badamdar settlement. Gunshots were heard in a restaurant at 21.30 in a conflict between visitors of the Bulag restaurant over a large debt. One of the visitors opened fire in the yard of the restaurant, wounding his opponents. US Deputy Ambassador to Azerbaijan Dereck Hogan notified the police about the incident. His Chevrolet was parked right opposite the Bulag restaurant, while Hogan was visiting the ambassador, whose house locates next to the restaurant. The bullet hit the car, but the driver, who was waiting in the car, was not injured.


Newsline: Azerbaijani embassy denies Australia’s black market trade in booze

The 2014 end of year party at the Azerbaijan embassy in Canberra must have been epic if its official requests to import duty-free booze and cigarettes were any guide. Leaked documents show Azerbaijan Ambassador Rovshan Jamshidov and financial attache Araz Khasiyev used their diplomatic status to get Australian government approval to import duty free 2000 litres of beer, 1100 litres of wine, 520 litres of spirits and 40,000 cigarettes from two suppliers. While the amounts might seem excessive for an embassy which represents an overwhelmingly Islamic nation and is staffed by five diplomats, they were within Australia’s generous rules for the representatives of foreign governments. Unlike most of us who are only entitled to a handful of bottles at airport duty-free shops, embassies and high commissions in Australia can obtain excise-free a maximum of 260 litres of spirits, 1000 litres of beer and 20,000 cigarettes every six months if the products are used in an official capacity. Individual diplomats can receive half this amount every six months for personal use. Azerbaijan embassy’s alcohol and tobacco import requests also attracted the attention of DFAT and Customs. The Australian Border Force, which is now responsible for Customs, told Fairfax Media that it had assessed allegations it had received some products were sold on the black market, and decided not to take the matter any further. It is understood that although the size of the proposed Azerbaijan embassy imports raised eyebrows, they were still within Australia’s limits and there was insufficient evidence to proceed.


Newsline: Azerbaijani diplomat severely beaten in Moscow

Head of the Consular Department at Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Russia, adviser Emil Maharramov was severely beaten by a taxi driver in Moscow on Apr. 16. Maharramov was taken to a hospital, where he received urgent medical aid, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia told Trend. The diplomat has already filed a complaint to the law enforcement agencies. The man, who beat an employee of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia, has been detained, Russian media outlets reported.