The relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan is one of Jerusalem's most unique achievements: close ties with a Shiite-majority country that sees Israel as one of its oldest allies, and certainly one of its most strategic partners, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov in his interview to Israel’s “Israel Hayom” publication, ONA reports.
According to the FM, The Azerbaijan-Israel partnership is strong, comprehensive and multidimensional: "We are satisfied with the level of development of relations between our countries. To boost our cooperation we have already signed more than 10 agreements, while 20 more various drafts are under consideration. These documents constitute a good framework for the development of our relations."
"Personal relations between the leaders of our nations play an important role in the development of the inter-state partnership. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last visited Azerbaijan in late 2016. This visit was very productive. Important documents were signed on this occasion. They included, among others, an agreement to establish a joint economic commission," said Azerbaijani Minister.
Mr. Bayramov said Azerbaijan is recognized as one of the international centers of multiculturalism: "For centuries, Jews and Azerbaijanis have lived here in peace and friendship. We are proud to continue this good tradition today. The Jewish community is a very active part of our society.
There are seven synagogues in Azerbaijan, five of them in Baku. We have Jewish schools and cultural centers too. Close relations between our nations and active people-to-people contacts are an important part of our bilateral ties. The Jewish community of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani diaspora in Israel, consisting mainly of Jews from Azerbaijan, play a very active role in developing our relations."