Iran tops agenda as Liberman travels to Azerbaijan (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 04/23/12)
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman left Sunday for Azerbaijan and
meetings with the top leadership of the strategic country on Iran’s
Liberman visited the country in 2010, and this will be his second
trip since becoming foreign minister. His trip comes just a month
after an article in the US magazine Foreign Policy cast the countries
growing ties into the international spotlight. That article, denied
by both countries, alleged Israel gained access to Azerbaijani
airfields for a possible attack on Iran.
During the trip, reported last week in The Jerusalem Post, Liberman
will meet Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, Foreign Minister Elmar
Mammadyarov, Deputy Prime Minister Yaqub Eyyubov, and Emergency
Situations Minister Kamaladdin Heydarov.
Liberman will also attend a ceremony marking 20 years of Azerbaijan-
Israel relations, now in a boom period.
Azerbaijan supplies Israel with a large percentage of its oil needs,
and Israel – according to foreign reports – recently inked a $1.6
billion arms deal with Baku.
In March, Azerbaijani officials announced the arrest of 22 people on
suspicion of spying for Iran. The 22, according to the Azerbaijani
national security minister, were said to have received orders from
the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to commit terrorist acts against the
embassies of the US, Israel and other Western countries.
Iran has accused Azerbaijan of helping Israel assassinate nuclear
scientists inside the country. Liberman’s visit comes just days after
a visit by Agriculture Minister Orit Noked.
In addition to traveling to Azerbaijan, Liberman will also stop in
Switzerland for a meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier
Those talks are expected to focus on Switzerland’s continued
financial and energy ties with Iran. Switzerland has not frozen the
assets of the Iranian Central Bank, and the country did not follow
the lead of the European Union and embargo Iranian oil. Switzerland
is not a member of the EU. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/23/12)
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