Azeri Presidential Adviser in Israel

BAKU (RFE/RL)–Azeri government sources have given contradictory explanations for the ongoing visit to Israel of Azeri presidential adviser Vafa Gulizade. The Turan news agency on Jan. 5 cited an unnamed diplomat as claiming that Gulizade is on a "working visit" at the invitation of Israeli State Adviser for Foreign Policy Uzi Arad. The diplomat stressed the trip is not intended as preparation for President Gaidar Aliyev’s planned visit to Israel. However–the following day–Interfax news service quoted an unnamed Azeri government source as saying the primary purpose of Gulizade’s trip is to prepare for Aliyev’s visit.

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