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October 24, 2018 1:53 pm

Azerbaijani Military Chief Visits Israel, Meets With IDF Counterpart

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The head of the Azerbaijani military, Col. Gen. Najmeddin Sadikhov, walks alongside his Israeli counterpart, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, Oct. 24, 2018. Photo: Twitter / Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

The head of the Azerbaijani military, Col. Gen. Najmeddin Sadikhov, met at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday with his Israeli counterpart, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

During the meeting, the two generals “emphasized the importance of strengthening military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Israel, as well as the contributions of the two states to regional security,” an Azerbaijani Defense Ministry statement said.

On Tuesday, Sadikhov met with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

In an interview with The Algemeiner earlier this year, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the US Elin Suleymanov called his country a “pioneer” regarding its relationship with Israel.

Azerbaijan — led by President Ilham Aliyev — prides itself on being one of Israel’s closest allies in the Muslim world. Diplomatic ties were established in 1992, after Azerbaijan regained independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the two countries now enjoy an extensive partnership, particularly in the economic and military realms.

A secular, Shiite Muslim-majority nation, Azerbaijan is strategically sandwiched in the Caucasus region between Russia, Iran, Georgia and Armenia, with the Caspian Sea to the east.

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