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Israel’s defense minister visit to Azerbaijan provokes Iran

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in Baku on Thursday, July 13, 2023. The visit was aimed at strengthening the strategic ties however Iran perceived the visit as a serious threat and challenge to Iran’s national security.

Gallant and Aliyev discussed various regional and global developments, as well as areas of security and industrial cooperation. They also expressed appreciation for the opening of the Azerbaijani embassy in Israel earlier this year, which marked a milestone in their diplomatic relations. Gallant said that Azerbaijan was not only a strategic partner but also an asset with great regional influence in the economic, energy security and additional fields.

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