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Level of religious tolerance in Azerbaijan is much higher than in France – ISESCO ex-director

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The level of religious tolerance in Azerbaijan is much higher than in France and other Western countries, former ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri believes, Trend reports.

Altwaijri wrote this on his Twitter page.

“I have visited Azerbaijan many times to partake in various events and have repeatedly met with representatives of various religious confessions. France, as well as some other Western countries, were silent when the Armenians barbarously destroyed mosques in Karabakh and turned them into barns. At present, the same countries, which were silent before the fact of the destruction of Azerbaijani cultural values, demand Azerbaijan respect the historical values ​​of Christians,” he wrote.

Being a multicultural and multi-religious country, Azerbaijan has always been home to representatives of all nations and religions who have peacefully coexisted and worked here for centuries.

The Christian community of Azerbaijan is a vital and active part of the country's society, whose monuments and places of worship are protected and regularly restored by the Azerbaijani state.

“From the very beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenia has repeatedly tried to accuse Azerbaijan of inflicting damage to churches and other historically important monuments. This has been done without substantial evidence and hasn’t been confirmed by any independent international organization,” the ISESCO ex-director said.

“The Azerbaijani Armed Forces don’t attack civilian targets. On the contrary, Azerbaijan has made its contribution to the protection of Christian historical monuments not only within the country but also abroad,” Altwaijri noted.

“As many facts testify, the Armenians destroyed historical and cultural monuments, major infrastructure facilities such as hospitals and schools, residential buildings in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan,” he added.

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Body of Azerbaijani citizen killed on Turkish ship to be sent to his homeland soon – Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry

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The body of 45-year-old Azerbaijani citizen Farman Ismayilov, who died as a result of a pirate attack on a Turkish ship, is now being delivered to the Port of Port-Gentil in Gabon, Spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla Abdullayeva said.

Abdullayeva was answering a question about the delivery of the body of the Azerbaijani citizen to his homeland, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

"The appropriate measures will be taken to deliver the body of the deceased to his homeland on the basis of mutual coordination with the Turkish side," the spokesperson added. "So, the body of Ismayilov will be sent to the capital of Gabon – Libreville through the Turkish embassy in Gabon, after which it is planned to send it to Azerbaijan via Turkey on January 26 via Turkish Airlines flight."

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Expert talks promoting import of electric and hybrid vehicles to Azerbaijan

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A program for recycling old cars to renew the car fleet is planned to be implemented in Azerbaijan, Transport expert, lawyer Arshad Huseynov told Trend.

"One of the main goals of this program is to prevent damage to the environment from old vehicles. In this regard, it is important to stimulate the import of environmentally friendly hybrids and electric vehicles," said the expert.

If hybrid cars imported into the country are exempt from excise tax, customs duties, and value-added tax (VAT) is reduced, the price of these cars will drop significantly.

"There are serious customs benefits for electric vehicles. However, it would be worthwhile to abolish customs duties for a while. Currently, electric vehicles imported into the country are exempt from excise tax and VAT, but they are subject to 15-percent customs duty. But it would be better if there was not this customs duty. In this case, the import of such cars into the country would increase massively," Huseynov noted.

The expert stressed that hybrids and electric vehicles are more efficient from an environmental point of view.

"Older cars are more polluting, while hybrid and electric cars are more environmentally efficient. Many people and various government agencies are proposing to stimulate the import of hybrids and electric vehicles, especially, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources also supports this initiative," added Huseynov.

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Azerbaijan shows footage from Jomerd village of liberated Kalbajar district

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The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has disseminated the video footage from Jomerd village of Kalbajar district after its liberation from the Armenian occupation, the ministry press service reported today.

Kalbajar was occupied by Armenian forces in 1993 and was liberated following the November 10, 2020 peace deal that stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions.

Before the signing of the peace deal, Azerbaijan liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers as well as its historic Shusha city during the war that lasted from September 27 to November 10.

Below is the footage:

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