Azerbaijan, Ganja, Oct.18 / Trend V. Mammadov /
Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan Michael Lavon-Lotem has visited Tovuz region, Azerbaijan.
During his visit, Lavon-Lotem was informed about the geographic changes that the Azerbaijani map has undergone. MP Ganira Pashayeva told the diplomat about the tragedies that the Azerbaijani people faced over a millennium, emphasizing the violent secession of the country's territories and their transfer to Armenia by the Russian Empire.
Lavon-Lotem was able to clearly see on the map how Azerbaijan's territory reduced in a short period of time.
Then the diplomat visited the Alley of Martyrs in Tovuz region. Pashayeva provided the ambassador with extensive information about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and killing by the Armenians, who occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories, several thousand of Azerbaijani citizens. She said that about one million people, who were left homeless, have become refugees and IDPs.
During the visit Lavon-Lotem met with the Tovuz Region Executive Power head Tofig Zeynalov. He was informed about the region's geographic position, strategic importance, economy and tourist potential. The meeting, which was also attended by the region's entrepreneurs, discussed issues of agricultural development in the region. The Tovuz region's entrepreneurs expressed their desire to cooperate with the Israeli companies in the livestock sector and other agricultural areas.
Lavon Lotem stressed the importance of cooperation in the field of wine-making, animal husbandry and other fields.
As a result of the meeting, Zeynalov gifted a saz (Azerbaijani musical instrument) to the diplomat. Lavon-Lotem, in turn, gave Tofig Zeynalov wine made in Israel.
The Israeli diplomat then visited Tovuz's border villages. In the Alibeyli village Lavon-Lotem was informed about residential buildings and schools, which have become unusable after the Armenian Armed Forces' fire. The diplomat was also informed that the intensive ceasefire violations by the Armenian side prevent normal way of life of village's residents.
Then Lavon-Lotem visited the Agdam village. Pashayeva told the diplomat about the Armenian Armed Forces' constant fire at the local cemetery. The villagers are deprived of visiting graves of their loved ones in the cemetery destroyed by the Armenians.
Israel's ambassador stressed his country's invariable position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Israel recognizes Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. Our government's position on the conflict is clear and simple. Like all countries in the world, we recognize the fact of occupation," the diplomat said.
Lavon-Lotem also visited the Heydar Aliyev Museum, and got acquainted with the photographs depicting the national leader's activity.