Report: Netanyahu Slated to Visit Muslim-Majority Azerbaijan

Two woman take a walk at the shore of the Caspian Sea in Baku on June 21, 2015, where the 2015 European Games are taking place. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Algemeiner reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Azerbaijan in December, a local news site reported last week, citing an anonymous Israeli diplomatic source.

The Azeri Trend report said that Netanyahu will meet with leaders of the Muslim-majority country during his trip.

This echoes a Times of Israel report in July that Netanyahu was considering such a trip to both Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Israel has developed close ties with Azerbaijan during the two and a half decades since it gained its independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

In August 1997, Netanyahu — who was serving his first term as prime minister — visited the Azerbaijani capital of Baku and met with then-President Heydar Aliyev, who died in 2003. Aliyev’s son, Ilham, is the current president of Azerbaijan.

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