January 16
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The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is closing its North American office in Canada, reported news agency of Azerbaijan.

According to the agency, SOCAR will move all its commercial and auxiliary functions in North America to Houston, Texas, USA.

The company informed that according to plans, it will reduce its activities in the coming months.

In the words of a source, however, it is noteworthy that calls were made recently in Houston to break ties with Baku.

Joshua Newcomer, a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Now—a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to facilitate representation for arbitrarily detained individuals who have neither used nor advocated violence and whose detention violates fundamental principles of international law—, and former Congressman Chris Bell had made such a statement.

In their view, the brotherly relations between Houston and Baku harm the “Houston values.”

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