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Azerbaijan to become first Shi’ite Muslim country with embassy in Israel

News Nov 18, 2022 at 14:31

The new embassy will be in Tel Aviv, where Azerbaijan country already has a Tourism Office and a Trade Representative Office.

Azerbaijan is set to become the first Shi’ite Muslim-majority state to open an embassy in Israel, following parliamentary approval on Friday.

The new embassy, which The Jerusalem Post reported was in the works last month, will be in Tel Aviv, where the country already has a Tourism Office and a Trade Representative Office. Israel and Azerbaijan have had relations for 30 years, and there has been an Israeli embassy in Baku since 1993.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid praised the decision, calling Azerbaijan “an important partner of Israel and home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the Muslim world.