Top aid to Azerbaijan president: Israel important strategic partner

BAKU – Azerbaijan views Israel as a “very important” ally and strategic partner, Ali Hasanov, a senior adviser to President Ilham Aliyev, said on Monday.

Hasanov’s comments followed a meeting he had with a small Israeli delegation to Baku, led by Acre Mayor Shimon Lankry, who is building a community center in his town for the some 9,000 Azerbaijani Jews – or 20 percent of his city – who live there.

Hasanov said the ties between his country, a secular Muslim state that borders Iran to the north, and Israel will continue to develop and flourish “despite the pressures.”


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