Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan casts vote in early parliamentary election (PHOTO)
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan, Rafael Harpaz, cast vote on March 5 in Baku for early election to the 20th convocation of Israel's parliament, the Knesset.
A polling station was opened today at the Israeli Embassy in Baku.
Speaking to Trend, Harpaz said the Israelis, who are abroad on service, cast their votes today.
Citizens in Israel will be voting in early parliamentary election on March 17.
The decision to hold early parliamentary election was taken by Israeli MPs, after the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked in late 2014 the ministers from centrist parties, Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni, being unable to overcome the conflict within the ruling coalition.
A new government will be formed and a prime minister will be appointed following the election.
Commenting on the impact of the election results on cooperation with Azerbaijan, the ambassador said the two countries have always had good relations, and will continue to deepen cooperation.
He said that when examining the history of relations between the two countries, one can see that in the last 23 years, all the Israeli leaders, no matter from what political parties they are, have had strong engagement with Azerbaijan.
"Our main goal is strategic partnership with Azerbaijan. We are deepening and widening it every year," the ambassador added.
"We are working very hard on education, science cooperation," he further said. "We had big education delegation from Israel last week, we work a lot on tourism, on telecommunications.
Harpaz also said Israel will have a delegation of around 150-200 participants at the First European Games in Baku.
Edited by SI
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