FM Cohen Hosts Azerbaijani FM Ahead of Historic Embassy Opening


Foreign Minister Eli Cohen (R.) and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov at their meeting on Wednesday. (Miri Shimonovitz/Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen on Wednesday welcomed his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in Yerushalayim, ahead of the historic opening of the country’s embassy in Israel.

For the first time since the establishment of relations between the two countries in 1991, Azerbaijan will open its embassy in the Tel Aviv, on Wednesday evening. Azerbaijan is the first Shia Muslim state to open an embassy in Israel.

“The opening of the Azeri Embassy in Israel is further evidence of the strengthening of relations between the countries. Azerbaijan is a Muslim country and its strategic location makes the relationship between us of great importance and great potential,” Cohen said.

“I agreed with Foreign Minister Bayramov on forming a united front against Iran and strengthening our cooperation in the fields of economy, security, energy and innovation. I will soon go on a political visit to Baku together with a large economic delegation, which will further deepen the commercial ties between Israel and Azerbaijan,” he added.

During their meeting in Yerushalayim, Cohen and Bayramov emphasized the close coordination between the governments and the “warm and strategic relations that are reaching a peak these days with the opening of the Azeri Embassy in Israel.”

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