Azerbaijani sources report that U.S. President Barack Obama, his spouse Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha have congratulated President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva on New Year.
“This season, may your home be filled with family, friends, and the joy of the holidays,” said the congratulatory message.
Official sources report that the Georgian Regional Development and Infrastructure Minister David Narmania met with the Director of the Caucasian regional branch of the German company GIZ, Philip Eisler.
According to the ministry, the sides discussed the Ministry’s plans, the development of priority methodology that is profitable to the public, and an opportunity to learn from Germany’s experience.
The meeting was also attended by First Deputy Minister Tengiz Shergelashvili and Director of the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia Elgudja Khorkoshvili.
Azerbaijani sources report that the rules for the customs control over goods transported by the customs border through pipelines have been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan. The rules were approved on December 30, 2012.
According to the rules concerning the customs control of goods transported through pipeline, a permit will be issued in case the requirements of legal acts are followed accordingly with the technological parameters for transportation. The permit includes the mixing products, changing size and number, etc.
Today Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke of country’s elections, noting that since the Islamic revolution, Iran did not have any problems with elections.
“All of 34 elections in Iran, both parliamentary and presidential, were free and fair, ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979,” Khamenei said.
The Supreme Leader urged some people in the country not to make provocative statements in the face of upcoming presidential elections in the country.
“The enemies of Iran are focused on the upcoming elections in the country, and we should be aware of that,” Khamenei underscored.
Note that Iranians will choose their seventh president to succeed Ahmadinejad in the next year’s election, which is scheduled for June 14, 2013. The voters will select the successor of current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Official sources report that eighteen villages have been intercepted from the outside world in the Khada Gorge in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of Eastern Georgia as a result of intense snowfall.
According to Georgian media, because of continuous snowfall it is not yet possible to begin clearing roads.
There is also no gas supply to the villages due to damages on gas pipeline.
Snow depth in the region is up to one meter.
On Tuesday, the website of the Turkish Airlines reported that Turkish Airlines Türk Hava Yolları (THY) canceled a number of domestic and international flights because of unfavorable weather.
There are already 102 canceled flights.
According to official sources, yesterday Turkish Airlines announced international flights to the cities of Mashhad, Berlin, Amman, Vienna, Beirut, Islamabad, Copenhagen, Milan and Bucharest.
Georgian Defance Ministry informers that between 2010-2012, a total of 93 Georgian servicemen were wounded in Afghanistan.
Up to this time, the policy of the Ministry of Defence was not to publish information about any incidents when Georgian military in Afghanistan were wounded.
20 soldiers were wounded in 2010, when the Georgian contingent was first stationed in Helmand province and 44 soldiers were injured the following year, while 29 soldiers were among the wounded as of November 26, 2012.
During the period of stay in Afghanistan, 19 Georgian peacekeepers were killed, eight of whom in 2012.
Note, at the funeral of Sergeant Giorgi Kikadze killed in Afghanistan, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili stated that Georgia should continue its participation in NATO-led operations in Afghanistan.
Czech “Marlenka” and “Marzhenka” cake production companies ended the struggle with peace, as ITAR-TASS reports. Both cake companies produce honey cakes only “Marlenka” has nuts and chocolate in its cakes, while “Marzhenka” does not have any. “Marzhenka” agreed to pay 100.000 crones to “Marlenka” and the struggle was settled.
It all started in 2005 when a honey cake appeared in supermarkets bearing the name “Marzhenka”. Both cakes have the same look and the same design of the package which confused the buyers who had already got used to the production of “Marlenka”. In 2007 the court made decision for the benefit of “Marlenka”. The opposite side did not agree with the verdict and applied to the constitutional court where the same verdict was confirmed. Now “Marzhenka” produces cakes with other name and other packets.
The honey cake was introduced into Czech republic by Armenian Gevorg Avetisyan and the company was named after his mother and daughter – Marlenka.
Georgian media reports that Georgian government will purchase gasoline of the Super, Premium and Euro-Diesel types from the Russian company Lukoil.
As reported, Russian company won the consolidated tender comprising three lots. The tender was announced for purchase of the abovementioned fuel types for the amount of 56 million liters.
According to Competition and State Procurement Agency, the consolidated tender was declared in Georgia for the first time.
Iranian IRIB News Agency, citing the announcement of Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, reports that Iran can act as a mediator of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Mehmanparast noted that Iran supports peaceful solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, noting that its resolution lies within the capacity of the regional states.
We should do our best to prevent worsening of conflicts in the region, as people of the region suffer,” Mehmanparast said, adding “In this course, Iran is ready to get involved into peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict .”