Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Republic Day.
"On behalf of the people and government of Israel, please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of Republic Day," said Netanyahu.
"Israel deeply values its ties with Azerbaijan," he added. "In the 24 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, we have forged a strong strategic partnership, based on true friendship and shared interests."
"Under your leadership, the ties between our two countries have reached new heights, and I look forward to exploring additional opportunities for cooperation," said the Israeli PM. "As we discussed, I hope we can meet in Azerbaijan later this year."
Netanyahu added that the 98th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan is an opportunity to take stock of the many achievements the country has made since gaining national independence.
"As you celebrate, I reaffirm my commitment to the friendship between our two countries and I wish you, your family and your people continued prosperity, growth and success," he said.