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OIC, OSCE should work together to fight Islamophobia - OIC secretary general

Coordinated efforts are needed to battle the rise of Islamophobia,intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, Organization of theIslamic Conference Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told theOSCE Permanent Council in Vienna today, reports Trend."The goals and objectives of the OIC are not much different from thoseof the OSCE, as both our organizations are devoted to the cause ofinternational peace and security," Ihsanoglu said. "It is the exactmoment for the OSCE and OIC to put together tangible and

Iran proposes that Tajikistan should cancel visa regime

ran has proposed that Tajikistan should cancel the visa regime for citizens of both countries, reports. The issue was considered at negotiations in Dushanbe yesterday between delegations from Iran and Tajikistan. According to the Iranian ambassador to Tajikistan, Aliasgar Sherdust, Tajikistan is not ready for such a decision.

Another unsuccessful meeting in Gali

Another meeting on preventive measures and mechanisms of reaction to incidents, that took place in Gali on Wednesday, ended unsuccessfully, the Georgian Interior Minister said. Various issues were unresolved, including simplification of population transport across the border, said the head of the Georgian analytical department at the Interior Ministry, Shota Utiashvili.

Medvedev to discuss Karabakh issue in Turkey

Medvedev to discuss Karabakh issue in Turkey

On his visit to Turkey on May 11, Russian President Dmitry Medvedevwill discuss various issues, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Doroknhin said, Trendreports.Dorokhin considers the dialogue on stability in the South Caucasus oneof priority issues in relations with Turkey.He added that ties between Moscow and Ankara keep improving, tradeturnover between the countries is large, and they are participating inenergy projects in the south of Europe.

Cyprus settlement negotiations to be renewed

Negotiations on a Cyprus settlement will resume in the last week ofMay, RIA Novosti reports, citing the UN secretary-general's specialenvoy to the island, Alexander Downer.Both sides are ready to proceed with negotiations from where theystopped from May 24th, Downer told a public TV channel.

22 NGOs to monitor the elections in Georgia

18 local and 4 international non-governmental organizations willmonitor the elections in Georgia on May 30th. They have alreadysubmitted their requests to the Central Electoral Commission, Trendreports.

Georgia establishes ties with Uzbekistan

The Georgian Minister of Economic Development Zurab Popolikashvilivisited Uzbekistan to meet with management at the Asian Bank ofDevelopment, Georgia Times reports.Popolikashvili met the first deputy head of Uzbekistan's government,Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov and Minister of Foreign EconomicTies Eler Ganiyev.This is the first top-level visit to Tashkent by a highly-placedGeorgian official in recent years.

Russian Foreign Ministry did not receive approval of Turkish membership in OSCE Minsk Group

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not receive any official requests from Azerbaijan to allow Turkey to join the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh, RIA Novosti reports citing Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrey Nesterenko.At the same time Nesterenko declared that Russia is open to Iran holding a trilateral meeting of foreign ministers from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Iran on Nagorno-Karabakh. He noted that this meeting is Iran's only participation in the settlement process.

EC president to visit Azerbaijan in July

The President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso willvisit Azerbaijan in June with the framework of a South Caucasus tour, reports, citing APA.He plans to discuss cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU,Azerbaijani participation in Eastern Partnership program, democraticand economic reforms, the process of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement andAzerbaijani parliamentary elections set for the autumn.

Georgian foreign minister to visit Syria and Kazakhstan

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze will visit Syria on May 1-2.Vashadze will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign MinisterValid al-Mualim and other officials, Trend reports.They will sign cooperation protocols. Vashadze will sign a cooperationagreement in the sphere of tourism with Syrian Minister of TourismSaadalakh aga al-Kal. He also plans to visit Kazakhstan on May 6.

Iran, Syria, Turkey may establish joint news agency

The Iranian president’s advisor for press affairs and the head of theIRNA information agency Ali Akbar Javanfekr has proposed establishinga joint Iranian, Turkish, and Syrian news agency, Trend reports.Javanfekr made the suggestion to the Minister of Information of SyriaMuhsen Bilal yesterday. The Syrian minister welcomed the proposition.Syria’s chief of state information agency Adnan Mamud and the chief oftelevision Muin Khaidar were also present at the meeting.

Turkish Security Council has not given up on Armenia rapprochement

Turkish Security Council has not given up on Armenia rapprochement

The Turkish Security Council has discussed the issue of the 1915killing of ethnic Armenians and the prospects of bilateral protocolswith Armenia.According to, the Security Council session lasted over sixhours and saw the participation of President Abdullah Gul, PremierRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug and otherofficials.

CE human rights commissioner Thomas Hammarberg arrives in Tbilisi

Council of Europe human rights commissioner Thomas Hammarberg arrivesin Tbilisi today. According to Trend the program of the visit has not beenrevealed yet.Preliminary information says that Hammarberg will meet the localauthorities in Tskhinvali. His main objective is the release of peopledetained by Georgia and Ossetia since the Russian-Georgian war inAugust 2008.

Turkish foreign minister's advisor visits Kurd districts in Iraq

The Turkish foreign minister's advisor, Feridun Sinirlioglu, has metthe head of the Regional Administration of North Iraq, MassoudBarzani, in Erbil, 6news reports.At the meeting they discussed the results of Iraqi elections in March,the fight against insurgents, and the economic cooperation of Turkeywith the regional administration.Sinirlioglu said that the region has great economic potential.

New Russian co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group arrives in Karabakh

The new Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, Igor Popov, who replaced Yuri Merzlyakov, arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic from Yerevan today. According to Armenian media, Popov is meeting the leader of the Karabakh Armenians, Bako Sahakyan. Popov visited Ilkham Aliyev in Baku, then Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan, before visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, TURAN reports.

Diplomatic relations with Russia can be restored – Irakli Alasania

Restoring diplomatic relations with Russia is possible, the leader ofAlliance in the name of Georgia Irakli Alasania said at a meeting withteaching staff of the Diplomatic Academy, Trend reports.He believes that the main problem for national interests in the regionis Russia. But improving relations will complicate westernintegration, Europe and the USA point out.

White House may soften sanctions against Iran

US President Barack Obama's administration insists that Congressshould provide exemptions for sanctions against Iran for companiesbased in 'cooperating countries', The Washington Times reports, notingthat this may concern Chinese and Russian interests.The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Actin a House-Senate conference committee and is due to be on Obama'sdesk by Memorial Day.

Davutoglu meets Parliamentary Speaker of Nakhichevan

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared that Turkey remainsthe guarantor of Nakhichevan within the norms of international law andthat Turkey has obligations, TRT reports.After meeting the Speaker of the Supreme Majlis of the AutonomousRepublic of Nakhichevan, Vasif Talibov, the Turkish Foreign Ministeranswered journalists’ questions. Davutoglu said that the Kars peaceagreement remains in power unequivocably. He added that Turkishairlines will carry out flights from Istanbul to Nakhichevan.

Georgian, Turkish Foreign ministers meet

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met his Georgiancounterpart Grigol Vashadze in Turkey, TRT reports.Davutoglu hailed the "brotherly" relations between the two countriesand said he believes that a strong Georgia can contribute to thestability of the Caucasus.Vashadze later met with President Abdullah Gul and Premier RecepTayyip Erdogan.

Anti-US protest in Tehran

Anti-US demonstrations have taken place in Iran in front of the Swissembassy, which represents US interests in Iran, RIA Novosti reports,citing the Iranian information agency Fars.At the start of April, US President Barack Obama declared that Iranand North Korea will be excluded from new US obligations on thelimited use of US nuclear arms for breaching non-proliferationagreements. Iran understood the declaration as a nuclear threat andsent an official complaint to the UN.