Azerbaijan: An Unusual Partnership between Muslims and Jews


peresIsraeli President Shimon Peres on Monday praised Azerbaijan for taking “a clear stand” against war and terrorism, on the occasion of a visit to Israel by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, accompanied by a large delegation of Azerbaijani Jews, including a Jewish member of the parliament.

Azerbaijan, a secular country with a predominantly Shiite Muslim population, has had a close relationship with Israel since the beginning of its independence from the Soviet Union a generation ago. It supplies some 40% of Israel’s oil, shares a border with Iran, and has a close partnership with Israel in the defense sector. The writer is Azerbaijan’s consul general to the western U.S. Read more here.

{Andy Newscenter}