Zulfugarov Named New Azeri Foreign Minister

BAKU (Reuters)–Azerbaijan’s President Gaidar Aliyev named Tofik Zulfugarov–chief negotiator in talks with neighboring Armenia–as foreign minister of Azerbaijan–the presidential press-service said on Friday.

Zulfugarov–38–who had been a deputy minister–replaces Hasan Hasanov sacked last month over involvement in the illegal construction of a hotel in the capital Baku.

Zulfugarov has headed the Azeri delegation at negotiations with neighboring Armenia over issues related to Nagorno-Karabakh.

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