Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade took part in the roundtable on the role of digital technologies during and after the COVID 19 pandemic, co-organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and top officials of Vietnam within ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 online event, according to Trend.

The roundtable was also attended by ICT officials from a number of ITU member countries.

Following the opening speeches of ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, Minister of Information and Communications of Vietnam Nguyen Manh Hung, and Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau Mario Manievich, the Azerbaijani minister spoke in detail about the work being done in Azerbaijan to combat COVID-19 and minimize the impact of the pandemic.

Guluzade noted that during the pandemic, the country’s citizens have been provided with high-quality transport, postal and telecommunications services, as well as Internet and mobile communications, and the resilience of the telecommunications infrastructure has been enhanced in line with demand.

The minister stressed that government agencies have created new information systems, as well as special websites, a mobile application used as a citizen notification system, and a tracking system for the infected people.

He said that during the pandemic, implementation of the Connected Schools and the Connected Government projects aimed to provide videoconferencing services to structures has been launched in Azerbaijan.

Guluzade stated that the country is currently fighting on two fronts: the pandemic and the military aggression of Armenia.

He also added that due to the recent military provocations of Armenia, telecommunications and ICT infrastructure in several districts of Azerbaijan were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged.

“In recent days, as a result of the Armenian aggression, 63 Azerbaijani civilians, including children, were killed, and 293 civilians were injured,” he pointed out.

In conclusion, the minister noted that, despite all the difficulties, the Azerbaijani government will continue its efforts to expand the development strategies.

Armenian Armed Forces fired ballistic missiles using operational-tactical missile systems at Azerbaijani Gabala and Kurdamir districts from the territory of Armenia at about 09:00 (GMT +4).

At about 07:00, the forces fired 3 missiles in the direction of the Siyazan district, at about 09:00 – two missiles at Gabala and one missile at Kurdamir district.

The target of the Armenian Armed Forces was the civilian population and civilian infrastructure.

A 17-year civilian resident of Gabala district was injured.

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.

The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.