Azeri Officials Plan Diplomatic Missions for 2002

BAKU (Armenpress)–Azerbaijan’s President Haydar Aliyev’s official visit to Russia is scheduled for January 22-24–according to Turan–an Azeri news agency.

A package of interstate and intergovernmental documen’s–including the agreement on leasing the Qabala radar station–the Russian (military) base in Azerbaijan–are expected to be signed during the visit.

Later in the year–Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Vilayat Quliyev is expected to visit Israel–according to Israeli envoy to Azerbaijan–Eitan Na’eh who was quoted by the Azeri Bilik Dunyasi news agency.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the report about Quliyev’s visit–which will be the first visit to Israel by such a high-ranking Azeri official.

The envoy said that Quliyev’s visit to Israel would be to familiarize Quliyev with Israel–and not to sign any official documen’s. The Israeli diplomat described relations between the two countries as stable. He said that this made them happy and added that Israel and Azerbaijan have numerous opportunities to develop multilateral cooperation in many fields.

"Our economists complement each other perfectly," the envoy said. He also made an example of a leading Israeli firm that is completing the construction of a laboratory for the Azarigaz private joint-stock company.

He said that the laboratory would be the most advanced and best equipped laboratory of its kind in the entire former Soviet Union.

"We have many plans for cooperation–one of which is to exchange specialists. A large group of Israeli specialists are currently working at one of the biggest industrial enterprises in Baku. We plan to send Azeri specialists to Israel for training in future," Eitan Na’eh said.

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