Herzog to Make Historic State Visit to Azerbaijan

President Yitzchak Herzog. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

By invitation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, President Yitzchak Herzog is scheduled to make an official state visit to the Shia Muslim-majority country that has seen relations with Israel blossom in recent months.

Herzog will travel to Baku on Tuesday for the 2-day visit. The two presidents are slated to discuss strategic relations, and will participate in a special event marking Israel’s 75 years of statehood.

Herzog will be officially welcomed with an honor guard at the Presidential Palace, including the presence of 30 children from the local Jewish school.

After the official welcome ceremony, the two presidents and their wives will have lunch, and then Herzog will lay wreaths at memorials for soldiers and the founding father of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev.

Health Minister Moshe Arbel (Shas) will accompany Herzog, and he will meet his Azeri counterpart, Dr. Teymur Musayev. The two ministers will discuss collaboration between the countries in the field of healthcare, in particular the training of doctors, preparation for disasters, and digital healthcare, at the end of which they are expected to sign a cooperation agreement.

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen visited Baku in April where he inaugurated Israel’s first official embassy, despite Israel and Azerbaijan having official relations for thirty years. During his visit, Cohen underscored the strategic importance of the alliance

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