Azerbaijani FM to visit Israel for opening of new embassy in Tel Aviv

Marking the first visit of the kind in a decade, Jeyhun Bayramov set to meet with Herzog, Netanyahu, and his counterpart Eli Cohen; first-ever ambassador of Azerbaijan to Israel, Mukhtar Mammadov,also expected to present his credentials to president in the coming days
Itamar Eichner|
Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov will visit Israel on March 29 for the opening of his country's embassy in Tel Aviv, marking the first visit of its kind, in a decade.
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  • During his stay, Bayramov will meet with President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.
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    ג'ייהון בייראמוב
    ג'ייהון בייראמוב
    Jeyhun Bayramov
    The decision to open an Azerbaijani embassy in Israel came in November, after the establishment of a trade office in Israel in April 2021.
    The first-ever ambassador of Azerbaijan to Israel, Mukhtar Mammadov, arrived last week and is expected to present his credentials to Herzog in the coming days.
    The arrival of the Azeri foreign minister, and the opening of the embassy, are important steps in strengthening ties between Israel and Azerbaijan - a Shia Muslim country bordering Iran and the first predominately Shi'a country to have an embassy here.
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    מיקאיל ג'אברוב ויואל רזבוזוב בפתיחת הנציגות של אזרבייג'ן בארץ
    מיקאיל ג'אברוב ויואל רזבוזוב בפתיחת הנציגות של אזרבייג'ן בארץ
    Opening ceremony of Trade and Tourism Representative Offices
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    For years Azerbaijan, ​​partly to avoid provoking its neighbor Iran avoided opening an embassy. However the two nations enjoyed close ties on defense, as 69 percent of Azerbaijan's arms imports between 2016 and 2020 came from Israel.
    With the signing of the Abraham Accords and the thawing of Israeli-Turkish relations, the fears of the Central Asian nation have diminished.
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    מצעד צבאי באקו אזרבייג'ן
    Military parade in Baku, Azerbaijan
    (Photo: azertag + gurevich communications)
    Upon the announcement of the opening of an embassy in Israel, Roman Gurevich, the Jewish Agency's honorary envoy to his native Azerbaijan, expressed excitement.
    "Azerbaijan is a tolerant Shia Muslim country, in which there has never been antisemitism. The country has always respected the Jewish people and the warm relations between the two nations will only grow stronger if an embassy of Azerbaijan opens in Israel," he said.
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