MembersIsrael Bolsters Increasingly Important Relations With Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani voices attending President Isaac Herzog’s reception in Baku tell Israel Today why it’s important to highlight ties between Israel and its most dedicated Muslim ally.

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Azerbaijan
Soldiers carry the national flag of Azerbaijan during a procession through the streets of the capital Baku. Photo by EPA-EFE/ROMAN ISMAYILOV
Soldiers carry the national flag of Azerbaijan during a procession through the streets of the capital Baku. Photo by EPA-EFE/ROMAN ISMAYILOV

Speaking at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, at an event honoring the 75th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel, Israel’s President Isaac Herzog proclaimed that there are many reasons for Azerbaijan and Israel to come closer together, to cooperate more and to strengthen their existing relations. He argued that the friendship between Israel and Azerbaijan is “historic” and has great “geo-strategic significance.”

Israel’s president noted that both Israel and Azerbaijan are nations that are proud of their traditions.   The fact that these two countries are able to cooperate, even though Israel is the Jewish state and Azerbaijan is majority Muslim, has great significance, he said.   “Iran seeks to wipe Israel off the map,” President Herzog stressed.   “Meanwhile, Azerbaijan is a close friend of the State of Israel.   We are answering the racism and the hatred with love.”

Chair of the Azerbaijani Milli Majlis (parliament) Sahiba Gafarova spoke after Herzog and stated: “It is very significant that the national holiday of the State of Israel is celebrated in a center named...

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