Daily Archives: January 27, 2018

Kiribati: ferry carrying 50 people missing for seven days

Baku, January 27, AZERTAC

A ferry carrying an estimated 50 people is missing in Kiribati, prompting an international search involving New Zealand and Fiji authorities, according to The Guardian.

The MV Butiraoi, an inter-island passenger ferry, was making a two-day, 240km trip from the island of Nonouti, north to Betio Terawa, the largest township of Kiribati’s capital city.

The ferry left on 18 January and was expected to arrive two days later.

The boat failed to arrive and is still missing seven days later. The vessel was only recently reported overdue, according to New Zealand authorities.

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ) announced it had joined the search for the boat on Saturday morning local time, supporting the efforts of Fijian authorities.

New Zealand’s air force has deployed a P3 Orion aerial surveillance aircraft, and the coordination centre is attempting to narrow down the search area.

A local vessel will also begin checking the route between the two islands. Other islands along the ferry’s path have been contacted and local radio is broadcasting to check for sightings.

The ferry, described as a 17.5m wooden catamaran, had problems with its propeller shaft before departing.

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Japan and France agree to deepen maritime security ties in ‘two plus two’ meeting

Baku, January 27, AZERTAC

The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held a regular “two plus two” meeting in Tokyo Friday in which they agreed to beef up mutual diplomatic cooperation in securing a “rule-based order” in maritime security, including the East and South China seas, according to the Japan Times.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and French Defense Minister Florence Parly also agreed to cooperate in maintaining “a free and open Indo-Pacific,” saying it is “a common interest” of the two countries.

“We agreed to develop our cooperation to make the Indo-Pacific region an international public goods that is free and open,” Kono said.

“We confirmed that Japan and France can cooperate comprehensively” on security, Parly said.

The four also agreed that the increasing missile and nuclear weapon threats coming from North Korea have become the biggest challenges to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

They also welcomed progress in talks to finalize the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, which will allow military forces of the two countries to mutually provide logistical supplies and services.

AZERTAG.AZ :Japan and France agree to deepen maritime security ties in ‘two plus two’ meeting

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‘Perlis State of Malaysia is interested in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan’

Kuala Lumpur, January 27, AZERTAC

“Perlis State of Malaysia is interested in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan,” said Menteri Besar of Perlis Dato’ Seri Azlan Man as he met with Azerbaijan`s Ambassador to the country Galey Allahverdiyev.

They discussed how to develop economic and trade relations between Azerbaijan and Perlis.

Dato’ Seri Azlan Man recalled his visit to Azerbaijan in 2012. He highlighted the social and economic development of the state. He emphasized the favourable business climate in the state, and invited Azerbaijani businessmen to invest in the economy of Perlis and participate in the projects. Dato’ Seri Azlan Man stressed the importance of reciprocal visits of the two countries` businessmen.

The Azerbaijani ambassador also visited Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and delivered a lecture on the statehood activity of Azerbaijan`s national leader Heydar Aliyev and President Ilham Aliyev, history and culture of the country, Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as Azerbaijan-Malaysia relations.

Rector of the university Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra recalled his visit to Azerbaijan, and hailed the beauty of Baku.

Then “Discover Azerbaijan” exhibition opened in the library of the university.

AZERTAG.AZ :‘Perlis State of Malaysia is interested in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan’

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Kabul suicide attack: Bomb in ambulance kills 63, injures over 150

Baku, January 27, AZERTAC

A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 63 people and injured 151 at a police checkpoint in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, in an area near foreign embassies and government buildings, officials said, according to India Today.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, a week after it claimed an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in which more than 20 people were killed.

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