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Azerbaijan agrees new deals at int’l Food Expo

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Azerbaijani businessmen have reached preliminary agreements on new cooperation within the 28th International Trade Food and Beverage Exhibition, held in Turkey’s Antalya on January 18-21.

Thus, the producers of jams and vegetable oils have reached preliminary distribution agreements with the Turkish companies.

Saffron producers have reached preliminary agreements on the export of local saffron and saffron products to the Arab countries. In addition, dried fruit producers have reached preliminary agreements on the export of dried persimmons to Turkey’s market.

It should be noted that 15 representatives of the Azerbaijani micro and small businesses presented their products at the special stand, organized by the Agency for Small and Medium Business Development.

The “Made in Azerbaijan” stand displayed dried fruits, vegetable oils, fruit juices, tea, berries, saffron and saffron products, sweets, chocolate, and other products.

At the exhibition, more than 450 entrepreneurs from 81 regions of Turkey and 50 foreign countries represented their products and services.

According to the National Export Strategy, Azerbaijan's non-oil exports are planned to be doubled and reach $3.7 billion by 2025 compared to 2020.

Ayya Lmahamad is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad

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Turkish FM meets with Finnish, Swedish counterparts

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavushoglu on May 14 held a tripartite meeting with his Swedish counterpart, Ann Linde, and his Finnish counterpart, Pekka Haavisto, in Berlin amid discussions that Turkey could block their NATO membership bid, Trend reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.

“I met with my Swedish and Finnish counterparts in Berlin on the fringes of the NATO Foreign Ministers Informal Meeting,” Cavushoglu said on Twitter.

Ahead of the meeting, the minister reiterated that the countries wanting to be NATO members must avoid supporting PKK and YPG and said he would discuss this issue with his Finnish and Swedish counterparts.

Cavushoglu emphasized that Sweden and Finland clearly support the PKK/YPG, saying, “This affects the feelings of our people negatively, despite all our warnings.”

“Therefore, a country that will be an ally should not support the PKK/YPG, the terrorist organization that attacks us every day, kills our soldiers, our police and our civilians,” he added.

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Georgian leadership to be invited to NATO Summit

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The Georgian leadership will be invited to the NATO Summit that will be held in Madrid at the end of June, Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said in a doorstep statement earlier today, ahead of an informal meeting of NATO ministers of foreign affairs in Berlin, Trend reports citing Agenda.ge.

NATO will always respect the right of nations in Europe, and around the world, to choose their own path. This is not subject to anyone else’s veto. [It] is the discussion about that country and the organisation they want to join,” Geoană said.

Georgia is the enhanced opportunity partner for us. We've been working with them for years and years. And I also know that the leadership of Georgia will be invited at the NATO Summit," the alliance official added.

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Iran reveals COVID-19 data for May 15

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As many as 368 people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours in Iran, reads the statement of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Trend reports.

In addition, 8 people have died from the coronavirus over the past day.

At the same time, the condition of 737 people remains critical.

So far, more than 51.7 million tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.

In total, over 149 million doses of vaccines have been used in Iran so far. A total of 64.4 million doses have been used in the first stage, 57.7 million doses – in the second stage, and 27.3 million doses – in the third stage.

Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from Iranian officials, over 7.23 million people have been infected, and 141,224 people have already died.

Meanwhile, over 7.02 million people have reportedly recovered from the disease. The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread of the virus.

Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease. The Islamic Republic announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.

The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan – which is an international transport hub – began at a fish market in late December 2019.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.

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