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Azerbaijan defends ties with Israel
Azeri Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev
Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:2PM
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Azerbaijan attaches great importance to good neighborly relations and it should be based on principles of mutual respect."

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev

Azerbaijan says its policy is not directed against any country after Iran summoned the Azeri envoy to Tehran to protest Baku's arms deal with Israel.


Azeri Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev said Wednesday that 20 percent of the country is under occupation and therefore Azerbaijan must be prepared to return its territories and restore its sovereignty.

The Azeri spokesman also said Baku’s foreign policy has been “multi-vector and balanced.”

He added that “Azerbaijan attaches great importance to good neighborly relations and it should be based on principles of mutual respect."

On Tuesday, Tehran summoned Azeri Ambassador Javanshir Akhundov to protest Baku’s USD 1.5 billion agreement with Israel for the purchase of drones and anti-aircraft and missile systems. Akhundov explained that the weapons were being purchased to liberate the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

Tel Aviv reportedly agreed to sell arms to Azerbaijan in return for Baku assisting Mossad in carrying out terrorist operations against Iran from the former Russian Republic. Another report has revealed that Israel is setting up a base for its spy agency, Mossad, in the Republic of Azerbaijan to spy on Iran.

Earlier this month, Iran summoned the Azeri envoy and requested the repatriation of a Jewish man who worked as a Mossad agent in Baku using the assumed name Javidan for his role in the assassination of Iranian nuclear experts.

Last week Iran lodged an official complaint with the Azeri Foreign Ministry about the February 18 arrest of two Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) employees in Baku.

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