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Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture meets with Afghan ambassador

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Azerbaijani Minister of Culture Anar Karimov met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Azerbaijan Amanullah Jeyhun on April 8.

The Ministry of Culture told Report that Karimov expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Afghanistan in various fields, including culture.

He noted that the two nations enjoy friendly relations based on shared cultural and historical values, adding that meetings and mutual visits at various levels have made a significant contribution to expanding existing ties.

Stressing that the two countries closely cooperate and support each other within international organizations, Karimov touched upon the Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation between the Government of Azerbaijan and the Government of Afghanistan and stressed the importance of holding days of mutual culture.

Speaking about the historic victory in the Patriotic War, the Minister thanked the Afghan government and the Afghan people who defended Azerbaijan's rights for making statements in support of Azerbaijan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Thanking for the warm reception, Jeyhun, in turn, noted that the religious, historical, and cultural closeness between the two peoples laid the foundation for strengthening relations in the field of culture.

Expressing his congratulations to Azerbaijan on the victory in the Patriotic War, the ambassador stressed that the people and state of Afghanistan have always stood by Azerbaijan.

The diplomat said that during his visit to the de-occupied regions, he was especially horrified by the devastation and the consequences of Armenian vandalism he saw in Fuzuli.

The sides exchanged views on cooperation in various fields of culture, including museums, the establishment of corners dedicated to Azerbaijan and Afghanistan in the national libraries of the two countries, the organization of joint exhibitions and events on the occasion of the 880th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi.

The meeting continued with a discussion of prospects for future cooperation between the two countries in culture and other issues of mutual interest.

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New CEO appointed to Azercell Telecom

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Zarina Zeynalova has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Azercell Telecom LLC, Report informs.

Zarina Zeynalova holds a post-graduate diploma in People Management & Development from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of People Management and Development (CIPD). She is a graduate of the Executive Management Development Program at Texas A&M University, USA. She holds a B.Sc. degree from Azerbaijan Medical University.

Z. Zeynalova has over 25 years of professional experience in management and organizational development across multiple geographies of the world. For 20 years she has held various management positions in BP offices in Azerbaijan, UK, and the US. She also held senior management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Pasha Construction Group.

Note that the former head of Azercell Telecom LLC, Vahid Mursaliyev left his post due to the expiration of his contract.

The main priority of the new CEO of Azercell will be to ensure a leading position in the field of digital transformation in Azerbaijan, along with the development of the communication activities of Azercell.

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Oil prices go up 

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The oil prices, which fell this afternoon, rose again during the evening auctions.

Report informs that Brent crude for June delivery went up 0.12 percent to $66.86 a barrel, WTI June crude futures surged 0.22 percent to $63.33, while May futures climbed 0.17 percent to $63.24 a barrel.

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WHO extends emergency mode due to coronavirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended the global emergency regime due to the COVID-19 pandemic for another three months.

The decision was made after the Committee on Emergency Situations of the WHO International Health Regulation (IHR) discussed the situation at the 7th meeting.

"The WHO Director-General accepted that the COVID-19 pandemic still remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and agreed with the committee's recommendations," the statement reads.

So far, 142 million people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 3 million of them have died.

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