Friday Wrap-up: Republic Day, TikTok Collaboration and Chisinau Meeting

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The week of May 29 – June 2 saw Azerbaijan celebrating its Republic, the Ministry of Culture meets TikTok and no peace agreement in Chisinau,

Azerbaijan Marks Republic Day

On May 28, Azerbaijan celebrates Republic Day. 105 years ago, in 1918, the Azerbaijan People’s Republic (APC) emerged as the first republic in the East, following the dissolution of the Transcaucasian Democratic Federal Republic.

The APC, during its short but impactful 23-month existence, championed the rights and freedoms of all citizens, breaking ground by recognizing women’s suffrage—a pioneering move in the Muslim world. A series of reforms, spanning political, military, legal, and economic domains, were implemented, and the establishment of the country’s first university added to the nation’s achievements.

The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic faced a swift demise when it was occupied by Bolshevik Russia on April 28, 1920, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Azerbaijan regained its sovereignty.

Ministry of Culture Starts Cooperation with TikTok’s Representative

The Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan has announced its collaboration with the popular social media platform TikTok. Minister of Culture Adil Karimli recently held a meeting with Sergey Sokolov, the director responsible for state institutions in the Eastern European region of TikTok, along with other representatives of the platform.

Minister Karimli emphasized the significant role that modern digital platforms play in shaping society, individuals, and public opinion:

” On this platform, there are ample opportunities for the promotion of Azerbaijani culture, the formation of behavioral culture, and the placement of digital content that serves similar purposes. Promotion of the creation of high-quality digital content comes from the duties of the Ministry of Culture, and in this regard, the possibilities of using the capabilities of the TikTok platform in the mentioned directions should be evaluated.”

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Discuss Rights and Peace Treaty in Chisinau

During a five-party meeting held in Chisinau on June 1, the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, along with the French President and the German Chancellor, discussed various issues, including rights, peace treaties, and border delimitation – but no peace agreement was signed.

Charles Michel, the head of the Council of the European Union, addressed journalists after the meeting, stating that they are actively working to support positive steps towards the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Another five-way meeting is scheduled to take place at the next summit of the European Political Union in Spain, but no details of the agreements reached between President Aliyev and Prime Minister Pashinyan were disclosed. The leaders of both countries have not yet announced the outcomes of the meeting, and a follow-up meeting is planned in Brussels on July 21.

The upcoming summit in Spain and the planned meeting in Brussels will provide further opportunities for dialogue and progress toward a lasting resolution. However, the situation remains complex, with sporadic violations of the ceasefire and ongoing tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

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