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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will leave on Sunday for Azerbaijan and Switzerland where he will meet senior officials, his office said in a statement.

In a two-day visit to Baku, Lieberman will be holding talks with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and other senior officials, it said.

Leiberman will speak at a ceremony marking 20 years of Azeri-Israeli diplomatic ties and meet leaders of the local Jewish community. He will also attend the inauguration of a Jewish cultural centre. On Tuesday Lieberman will meet Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter in Bern.

Last month, a US report that Azerbaijan had granted Israel access to its air bases -- which could assist in potential strikes against its neighbour Iran -- were firmly denied by Baku.

Relations between Baku and Tehran have become increasingly strained in recent months with Iran unhappy about Azerbaijan´s friendly links with Israel and its reported purchase of hundreds of millions of dollars´ worth of weapons from the Jewish state. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 04/22/12)

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