Azerbaijan, Baku, March 19 / Trend S.Agayeva /
Recently, a number of foreign media have intensified their anti-Azerbaijani propaganda, which is associated with their jealous attitude toward the country's diplomatic and economic success. These publications and double standards do not leave readers indifferent.
Particularly, former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister General (R.) Dr. Ephraim Sneh has sent a protest letter to the editor of the American newspaper "The Washington Post" in connection with the publication of an article about the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend .
"I read Andrew Higgins' story about the family of Azerbaijan's president. I think it is fair to remind the readers of a few facts about Ilham Aliyev, the president himself," Sneh's letter says.
"Azerbaijan is the most important and most reliable ally of the US among all former Soviet Union republics. President Aliyev helps US operations extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan, in more than one way, well beyond sending Azerbaijani troops to fight in these countries, as your story notes. The Azerbaijani president confronts alone, with no external support, an aggressive subversion by his southern neighbor - Iran. He wages tireless combat against terrorism. Many owe him their lives," he wrote in his letter.
Furthermore, President Aliyev is committed to Europe's energy security through his partnership in the planned "Nabucco" gas project, and the BTC oil pipeline, the letter says.
"Although one-fifth of Azerbaijan's territory is occupied by Armenia, and 1 million of his citizens are displaced, he continues to pursue a negotiated solution rather than taking advantage of his military superiority. The fact that your story was copied entirely in Azerbaijani opposition newspapers cast a shadow of doubt on your definition "increasingly authoritarian regime," Sneh wrote in his letter.
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