Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31
The Israeli Haaretz newspaper's false and slanderous article contradicts the spirit of Azerbaijan-Israel relations, Novruz Mammadov, the Azerbaijani president’s assistant for foreign policy issues, said as he was commenting on a Haaretz article on Azerbaijan which was published on July 30.
"Unfortunately, some media representatives who lack responsibility, think that their profession is to disseminate false and slanderous information,” he said. “Israel's Haaretz newspaper has repeatedly published some false information about the Azerbaijani state, its foreign and domestic policy so far.”
“However, since the next lie and slander directly target the family of the Azerbaijani president, there is a need to express our attitude to this," Mammadov said.
"Thus, on July 30 Israel's Haaretz newspaper published completely false information, a brief but a treacherous article about the family of the president,” he said. “The main concern is that the article quotes the Israeli tourism minister Yariv Levin.”
“The article alleges that over the past few months the president's family has been involved in buying property in Israel and making investments in the country,” Mammadov said. “At the same time, allegedly, the president's youngest son (just pay attention) has visited Israel these months. But the truth is that the president's son has never visited Israel – not only in the mentioned months, but never in general.”
“This information is nothing else than lie and slander, and it has nothing to do with reality,” he said. “The publication of such articles in the Israeli press causes regret and runs contrary to the spirit of relations between the two countries.”
"A journalist for the Haaretz newspaper quotes the Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin in order to carry out his treacherous intentions,” Mammadov added. “I think that the Israeli Embassy should express its stance as well as the position of Minister Yariv Levin on this false and slanderous information."