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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Azeri Minister Fired

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Azeri President Heidar Aliyev on Tuesday dismissed Foreign Minister Tofik Zulfugarov amid reports of a government rift over how to settle a long-running dispute with Armenia over the Nagorny Karabakh region.

"President Heidar Aliyev, according to the constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, decrees the release of Foreign Minister Tofik Zulfugarov from his post," the decree said. The dismissal came while U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott was in Baku to discuss Nagorny Karabakh.