Israeli PM visits Azerbaijan, hails close ties

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14 December, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has "about five" ideas in mind for how to roll back the Iranian nuclear deal once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu said he is looking forward to US mediation on moving forward on the basis of a two-state solution.

"My intention is first and foremost not to dismantle the wall of isolation around Israel".

Israel's external connections with the world are now "flourishing unprecedentedly", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. Azerbaijan is of strategic importance for Israel because of its geographic position and proximity to Iran. He will meet with Kazak President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev in the presidential Akorda Palace in Astana.

Meanwhile, an agreement on cooperation in agricultural sphere between the Government of Azerbaijan and the State of Israel was signed by Azerbaijan's Agriculture Minister Heydar Asadov and Israel's Environmental Protection Minister Ze'ev Elkin. He also declined to reply to a question from The Jerusalem Post regarding the possible sale of the Iron Dome system to Azerbaijan.

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"These are two large and significant countries in the Muslim world, and our goal is to strengthen diplomatic, security, and economic ties with them", Netanyahu said.

Before departing from Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday, Netanyahu told reporters that not only is Israel not isolated, but it is being courted by many countries around the world, including Muslim states in Central Asia.

Israel and the US faced tense relations under President Obama's administration, a fact the prime minister attributes partly to the different opinions the two leaders had.

"So it's clear that Trump is very concerned about how he is perceived by the pro-Israel forces in the United States and about his relationship with the pro-Israel forces in the United States", he added.

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