Benjamin Netanyahu: We can do wonders together with Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Baku, and revealed that “so far the contracts between Azerbaijani and Israeli companies with respect to purchasing of defense equipment is close to 5 billion dollars. More precisely – $4,850,000,000. The biggest part of these contracts have already been executed and still we are continuing to work on that and we are very satisfied with the level of this cooperation.”

All this has been achieved in the 20 years since Netanyahu’s last visit to Azerbaijan, President Aliyev noted. At the meeting, according to an Israeli press release, agreements were signed (Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin signed for Israel) on standardization, double taxation, agricultural cooperation and the establishment of a mixed commission on advancing bilateral cooperation on economic matters, science, technology, health, agriculture and trade.

President Aliyev reminded his Israeli guests that “for centuries Jews and Azerbaijanis lived in peace and friendship,” including “the times of Tsarist Russia, when Azerbaijan was a part of the Russian Empire,” as well as “during the time of the Soviet Union.” “For your information,” Aliyev continued, “I’d like to say that there are seven synagogues in Azerbaijan, five of them in Baku; Jewish schools, you will visit one of them, Chabad Or Avner, the Jewish education center which was inaugurated in 2010. I remember that day because I was there at the inauguration ceremony and the late President made a video address to us. I am glad that Mr. Prime Minister has timed his tight schedule to visit that education center and also meet the representatives of the Jewish community.”

Netanyahu visited Baku at night in 1997 

In his response, Netanyahu told his host, “We obviously have a robust relationship in energy. Now we’re talking about not just the sale of oil from Azerbaijan to Israel which is a very important part of our oil imports, we’re talking about using common facilities for export of gas and the linking of Israel’s gas exports potentially to a great pipeline that is being built as we speak right now from Azerbaijan into Turkey. This is obviously something that can strengthen both our economies and I think provide a larger service.”

“We can do, we think, wonders together in agriculture, in education, in IT, any area, and we welcome such cooperation because we think that ultimately the greatest resource that we have is this, it’s the resource of conceptual products, the ability to take all the industries, make them more efficient,” Netanyahu continued. “I gave an example of dairy-farming and I boast once again that we have the most productive cows in the world, more than the French cows or Dutch cows or even American cows. And this is something that replicates itself along many, many fields. So we welcome this cooperation to secure and better the future of both our nations.”

But regardless of the burgeoning economic ties between the two countries, Netanyahu told his host the unique aspect of their relationship is the fact that “Israel is the Jewish state, it’s a Jewish state. Azerbaijan is a Muslim state, predominantly Muslim population. Here you have an example of Muslims and Jews working together to secure a better future for both of us. And It’s an example that shines against the background of intolerance and lack of acceptance and mutual respect.”

Netanyahu called on the world’s nations to “come to Azerbaijan and see the friendship and the partnership between Israel and Azerbaijan. It’s not only good for both our countries and both our nations, I think it’s good for the region and good for the world.”

2085 views


More Azerbaijan News

 Natalya Kuzmina: Development of gymnastics in Azerbaijan can serve as exle for other countries

Natalya Kuzmina: "Development of gymnastics in Azerbaijan can serve as example for other countries"

President of the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee on judging

Czech Republic ready to receive Azerbaijani gas through SGC

Czech Republic ready to receive Azerbaijani gas through SGC

Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic have established sustainable economic relations, the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Jan Mladek said at the Azerbaijani-Czech business forum in Baku. Mladek noted …

Lavrov: demands to liberate occupied Azerbaijani territories on negotiation table

Lavrov: demands to liberate occupied Azerbaijani territories on negotiation table

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement at the press conference. …

Armenia’s provocation on state border with Azerbaijan (PHOTO)

Armenia’s provocation on state border with Azerbaijan (PHOTO)

Armenian Armed Forces have committed a provocation at the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said. …

Davos 2017 to discuss #039Responsive and responsible leadership#039

Davos 2017 to discuss 'Responsive and responsible leadership'

The 47th World Economic Forum, which annually brings together leading representatives of political and business elites, will open in the Swiss ski resort of Davos today. About 50 heads of state and government, including the British Prime …

FIG Intercontinental Judges’ Courses start in Baku

FIG Intercontinental Judges’ Courses start in Baku

The Intercontinental Judges’ Courses on Artistic Gymnastics of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) have started in Baku. The courses are being held in Azerbaijan’s capital on January 17- 21. Addressing the opening, …

Azerbaijan and WB to sign loan deal on TANAP

Azerbaijan and WB to sign loan deal on TANAP

Today Baku will host a ceremony for signing of a loan agreement between Azerbaijan and the World Bank on the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project, the WB Baku office said. The signing ceremony will be held as part of the …

Ilham Aliyev offers condolences to Atambayev over plane crash

Ilham Aliyev offers condolences to Atambayev over plane crash

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has offered condolences to the Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev over the plane crash near Bishkek. "I was deeply saddened by the news of tragic death of …

Azerbaijani-Iranian pharmaceutical plant#039s construction launched in Baku

Azerbaijani-Iranian pharmaceutical plant's construction launched in Baku

A groundbreaking ceremony of the Azerbaijani-Iranian joint pharmaceutical plant, Caspian Pharmed, was held in the Pirallahi Industrial Park in Baku. Azerbaijani Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev and …

Azerbaijani mugham in Israel

Azerbaijani mugham in Israel

Confirmation of the existence of mystical and spiritual ties between two peoples

more Azerbaijan News