After decades of dealings, Azerbaijan has decided to open an embassy in Israel

Today, Friday, Israel welcomed the decision to open the Azerbaijani embassy in Tel Aviv.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “The Azeri parliament has taken a historic decision to open an embassy in Tel Aviv,” without specifying a date.

The statement added that the embassy will be the first of the embassies of a country whose majority population and government are Shia.

Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid welcomed the decision by the Azerbaijani parliament, stressing that Baku is “an important partner for Israel”.

He added: “The decision to open this embassy reflects the depth of existing relations between the two countries.”

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited Central Asian Azerbaijan in early October, where he met with President Ilham Aliyev.

Ties between Israel and Azerbaijan, which borders Iran, date back to after the dissolution of the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The two countries established diplomatic relations.

Israel has an embassy in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, while Azerbaijan opened a business office in Tel Aviv in July 2021 and a tourism office in March 2022.

In recent years, Israel has become one of Azerbaijan’s most important arms suppliers, with sales of more than $740 million, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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