Lieberman Travels to Azerbaijan Amid Diplomatic Speculation (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/23/12)
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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrived in Azerbaijan
Sunday evening where he will meet senior officials Monday, his office
said in a statement.
Liebermanís visit comes amid reports that the Mossad has been
operating in Azerbaijan in order to gather intelligence information
Last month, the United States leaked a report that Azerbaijan had
granted Israel access to its air bases, which could assist in a
potential Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. The
reports have been denied.
In a two-day visit to the Azerbaijan capital, Baku, Lieberman will be
meeting with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Foreign Minister Elmar
Mammadyarov and other senior officials.
Leiberman will speak at a ceremony marking 20 years of diplomatic
ties between the two countries and will meet leaders of the local
Jewish community. He is also scheduled to attend the inauguration of
a Jewish cultural centre.
On Tuesday Lieberman will meet Swiss Foreign Minister Didier
Burkhalter in Bern, Switzerland.
Relations between Baku and Tehran have become increasingly strained
in recent months due to Iranís dissatisfaction regarding Azerbaijan´s
cordial ties with Israel and its reported purchase of hundreds of
millions of dollars´ worth of weapons from the Jewish state.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/23/12)
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