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Historic.. Israel commends Azerbaijan's decision to open an embassy in Tel Aviv

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Historic.. Israel commends Azerbaijan’s decision to open an embassy in Tel Aviv

Israel described Azerbaijan’s decision to open an embassy in Tel Aviv as “historic”, as it is the first country with a Shiite majority to take such a step.

And the office of the Israeli Prime Minister stated in a statement received by Al-Ain news: “Today, the Azerbaijani parliament took a historic decision to open an Azeri embassy in Tel Aviv, and this embassy will be the first embassies of a country whose majority of its population and government are Shiites.”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said, “I welcome the decision of the Azerbaijani parliament to open an embassy for Azerbaijan in Israel. Azerbaijan is an important partner for Israel and a home for one of the major Jewish communities in the Muslim world.”

He added, “This decision reflects the depth of the existing relations between the two countries, and this step is the result of the efforts made by the government of Israel in order to build solid diplomatic bridges with the Islamic world.”

He continued, “I would like to thank Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and congratulate the Azerbaijani people, who will have diplomatic representation in the State of Israel for the first time.”

In turn, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who recently visited Azerbaijan, said: “I welcome the decision of the Azerbaijani parliament to open an embassy in Israel.”

He added, “Last month, I visited our partners and met with President Ilham Aliyev and Defense Minister Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, and we discussed a series of security and political issues.”

He continued, “The opening of the embassy is an important step that indicates the depth of relations, and the importance of continuing to strengthen them because they contribute to regional peace and stability.”

Israel and Azerbaijan have had relations for 30 years, and recent years have witnessed a remarkable rapprochement between the two countries.

Azerbaijan has trade and tourism offices in Israel, but it does not have an embassy.

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