NATO has publicly acknowledged Azerbaijan for its increasing contribution to the operations of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The meeting took place between Elmar Mammadyarov, Azeri Foreign Minister, and Claudio Bisogniero, NATO Deputy Secretary- General, together with representatives of the North Atlantic Co-operation Council.
David Miliband, UK Foreign Secretary, has called for a 'coalition of consent' between the West and the Muslim world. He referred to "the importance of building coalitions and winning overseas consent for foreign policy goals." He then related how President Obama recently stated that: "America is not, and never will be, at war with Islam". Miliband then said how necessary it is to "understand the Muslim world better" and how "we need shared effort to address the grievances, socio-economic and political, that are perceived to keep Muslims down, and in fact do."
Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to Azeri President Illham Aliyev on the occasion of Azerbaijan's Republic Day, on 28 May, commemorating the birth of the short-lived first Republic of Azerbaijan in 1918. The message read: "It gives me great pleasure on the occasion of your National Day to extend to Your Excellency and the people of Azerbaijan my warmest greetings and every good wish for a peaceful and prosperous future." Following its establishment, the UK was the first country to acknowledge the sovereignty of the 1918 Republic.
The State Veterinary Service at the Agriculture Ministry of Azerbaijan has launched the second monitoring programme on swine flu. Spokesman Yolchu Khanvali explained that: "Monitoring is held in all regions with pig-breeding farms. Blood samples from animals are taken to laboratories." The previous monitoring was undertaken in early May. Altogether, 388 blood samples were taken for laboratory analysis, but no evidence was found of the virus. Khanvali predicted that similar monitoring programmes will be implemented in the future.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been warmly welcomed by President Ilham Aliyev. During their meeting, the Presidents exchanged views on bilateral relations between the two countries, regional co-operation and international issues. Numerous treaties were finalised, including a Protocol of Amendment to the Agreement on Air Communication; a Protocol of Amendment to the Azeri-Georgian Agreement on Free Trade; and an Agreement on Co-operation regarding Protection of Intellectual Property between the countries.
It has been reported that Turkey is likely to give up claims to the Nabucco gas pipeline project. Azerbaijan is regarded as the project's most likely primary gas supplier, although it will also bring supplies from the Middle East in the future.
President Ilham Aliyev met Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in Baku. During the meeting, they stressed that relations between Azerbaijan and the UK were successfully developing across the economic and energy sectors. They also expressed confidence that the recent 16th Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference, held in Baku from 2–5 June, would have a positive impact on the expansion of international energy co-operation.
15 January 2009/upi.com – Azerbaijan is positioned strategically with the necessary infrastructure to advance the diversification of the European energy sector, officials said.
"We have already reached all major objectives in our country," said Azeri President Ilham Aliyev. "We have diversified transportation energy. I am confident that the relationship between Azerbaijan and European consumers will develop further."
The European Azerbaijan Society was launched this month at The House of Lords amongst a gathering of senior diplomats, parliamentarians, academics and business leaders, united by their cultural and economic interest in Azerbaijan. The event was truly international, with attendees including representatives from the Embassies of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Russia and the British-Georgian Chambers of Commerce.
Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan told APA that Henrietta H. Fore will meet with senior government and private sector leaders and visit a range of USAID projects during her November 23-26 visit to Azerbaijan.