Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 24 / Trend S.Agayeva /
Azerbaijan supports the existence of two states - Israel and Palestine, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai.
"Azerbaijan has diplomatic relations with Israel, the Israeli Embassy and Jewish communities operate in the country. We also have close economic relations," he said. "Regarding the Palestinian problem, Azerbaijan supports Palestine and we have a clear position on this issue."
He stressed that Azerbaijan has not yet opened an embassy in Tel Aviv, as Baku is in favor of the existence of two states - Israel and Palestine.
"I believe in the importance of Palestine's full membership in the U.N.," Mammadyarov said.
Regarding Azerbaijan-Israel cooperation in the defense sector, Mammadyarov noted that this relationship was established after the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia. "We turned to many nations to reinforce our army and Israel responded first," he added.
Mammadyarov expressed confidence that Azerbaijani-Israeli relations will not negatively affect Azerbaijan's relations with Tehran.
"We are neighbors and multiple Azerbaijani communities live in Iran. We have common traditions and customs, and we believe in good neighborhood policies," Mammadyarov said.