New York, NY… Dianne Lob, Chair, and William Daroff, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:
“We welcome the historic decision by Azerbaijan to open an embassy in Israel, which represents a significant step in the warming of relations between the Jewish State and her neighbors and will directly connect one of the largest Jewish communities in the Muslim world to the heart of the Jewish homeland.
“This is the first commitment of its kind by a Shi’ite Muslim-majority nation and follows a growing trend of regional normalization, most recently with the resumption of diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey. This agreement and others signal the critical importance of regional stability and send a firm message to bad actors like Iran who continue to promote violence and sponsor terrorism.
“The Conference of Presidents’ long-standing connection to Azerbaijan focuses on building relations with the American Jewish community and with Israel, leading missions and trips to the country over the last quarter century.
“We look forward to seeing this decision fully implemented in the coming weeks, as well as opportunities for further social, political, and economic development, beginning with the full exchange of diplomatic representatives.”