Israel, Jerusalem, 9 April /corr. Trend R.Abdullayev / The Chairman of the International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of Turkey, Prof. Murat Merjan, who is on visit to Israel, intends to support the activity of the Congress of the Azerbaijanis in Israel and provide all kinds of support to the perspective projects of the organization, Merjan said at the meeting with the representatives of the Congress at Tel Aviv University.
Touching upon the trilateral Azerbaijani-Israeli-Turkish relations and highlighting the closeness of the culture and mentality, Merjan said that these relations are based on the rich heritage and historical mutual respect of the Azerbaijani, Israeli and Turkish peoples. "Co-operation and friendship between Azerbaijan, Israel and Turkey contain deep roots. The Jews have been residing for centuries and reside in Azerbaijan and Turkey as equal right citizens. They made significant contributions to the development of the Azerbaijani and Turkish science, culture, health, economy, industry," the Turkish MP said.
The President of the Congress of the Azerbaijanis in Israel, Shapiro Suliman, informed Merjan of the goals, targets and projects of the organization. "Strong and influential Congress of the Azerbaijanis in Israel is capable to present, defend and lobby the interests of co-operation between Turkey, Israel and Azerbaijan," he said, adding that the Congress is willing to really co-operate with Turkey.
Shapiro Suliman stated that exactly the Congress of the Azerbaijanis in Israel firstly appealed to Turkey's Ambassador, Namik Tan, when the Israeli Knesset wanted to discuss so-called 'genocide of the Armenians' and began to, jointly with Turkey's embassy, carry out works with the Israeli MPs who supported this issue. "Our force is in the unity and large-scale propaganda," Suliman said.
The Vice President of the Congress, Bakhtiyar Yagubov, stated that Turkey is the key true and strategic partner of Israel in the Middle East. There is serious and comprehensive co-operation between the countries. "We, as Azerbaijani diaspora in Israel, try to attach strategic character to the co-operation between Azerbaijan, Israel and Turkey in the sphere of economy and policy. We have many concrete joint projects for realizing our trilateral co-operation," Yagubov said.