March 30, 2014
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Azeri president to visit Iran as bilateral ties warm ( TIMES OF ISRAEL, March 30, 201)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2014 7:34 AMAzeri President Ilham Aliyev will visit Iran in April to discuss expanding ties between the two counties, the semi-official Iranian Fars news site reported Saturday."The visit is to take place late April upon an invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani," the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Baku Mohsen, was quoted as saying.Aliyev has been a trusted friend and ally to the West - and especially to Israel - and the key to a transformation that has developed oil-rich Azerbaijan from a small nation in Iran's shadow to a strategic ally and an avid consumer of Israeli arms.Israel has cultivated ties with the Muslim nation, which has enormous reserves of oil and natural gas and a 380-mile southern border with Iran.