Interview of Trend with deputy chairman of В"Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish OrganizationsВ"
You head the delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish OrganizationsВ", which will visit Azerbaijan from 9 to 13 February. What issues are supposed to discuss during your forthcoming visit to Azerbaijan? Is discussion of any new projects is supposed?
Members of the USA Jewish communities will be broadly represented in the delegation. We plan to establish closer contacts with the people and the government of Azerbaijan for the peoples of Azerbaijan and the USA to understand each other better.
We think, Azerbaijan is a very important country and want also encourage closer links between Azerbaijan and Israel. During the visit we suppose to meet with the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister, religious leaders, leaders of the Jewish communities. We will tour to Guba, where there is countrys ancient Jewish community. We will also meet with the US Ambassador in Baku to discuss issues of encouraging cooperation between Azerbaijan and the USA.
What sectors of economy are the most attractive for businessmen in your delegation?
The energy sector is very important both for Azerbaijan and the world and the opportunities of this sector are also important. The oil sector development will affect positively other spheres of economy too.
What did you mean by saying that Azerbaijan-Israel relations will be used as a model of relations with Moslem countries?
We know, in Azerbaijan with its large Jewish community, there has been never anti-semitism. It may be a model for other countries to build good relations between Jews and Moslems and between the people on the whole.
Today we see the differences between the people, tense relations between some groups of people which media focuses on.
For many years Azerbaijan showed tolerance, which may be model for other counties.