Israel's policy aimed at strengthening relations with Azerbaijan: Inter-Parliamentary Association 'Israel-Azerbaijan' head
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 15 / Trend U. Sadikhova /
Israel's policy today is aimed at strengthening relations with Azerbaijan and Central Asian region. The aim of the forthcoming visit of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Baku is the improvement of economic and political ties that are rapidly developing, the Inter-Parliamentary Association "Israel-Azerbaijan" head Robert Ilatov said.
"Our task is to expand ties between Israel and Azerbaijan both in economic and political spheres. The policy of the Foreign Ministry [Israel] today is aimed to develop relations with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. These regions are on Israel's agenda," Ilatov, who heads the faction of the party "Our Home Israel" in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), told Trend over phone.
Israeli Foreign Minister and head of the party "Our Home Israel" Avigdor Lieberman is expected to visit Baku on February 9, Israel's embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend .
Jerusalem has not confirmed the program of the visit yet.
Lieberman will be the second senior figure of Israel, who will visit Azerbaijan, after President Shimon Peres visited Baku in late June 2009.
Earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister visited Azerbaijan as a deputy prime minister of Ehud Olmert's government.
Ilatov said during the visit Lieberman is likely to discuss establishment of the inter-governmental economic commission, which will help to strengthen ties in power engineering and oil industry taking into account the interest of Israel to an increase in the volume of trade turnover between countries and expansion of economic cooperation.
He said Israel can also help Azerbaijan on several issues, including the use of water resources, water resources management and technological modernization of the industry.
"Our basic positions are the development of economic relations and increasing trade turnover. There are many areas in which Israel can help Azerbaijan. I think that Lieberman will discuss these issues during the visit," Ilatov said.