– The Israeli government on Friday welcomed the “historic” decision by the Azerbaijani parliament to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, as Azerbaijan will become the first majority Shia Muslim country to send a high-ranking diplomatic mission to Israel. .
“I welcome the decision of the Azerbaijan National Assembly to open an embassy in Israel. Azerbaijan is an important partner of Israel and home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the Muslim world,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement.
The decision reflects the depth of the relationship between the two countries and “is the result of the Israeli government’s efforts to build strong diplomatic bridges with the Muslim world,” the statement said.
Israel maintains an embassy in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. In June 2021, the two countries’ media reported on the opening of Azerbaijani trade and tourism offices in Tel Aviv, almost 30 years after the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992.
The website of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted high-level exchanges between the leaders of the two states in recent years, Jewish charities and socio-cultural organizations in the country, as well as bilateral agreements in various fields.
In early October, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz paid an official visit to Azerbaijan to discuss diplomatic and security issues. ■