Azerbaijan's Military Chief Arrives in Israel for First Official Visit

Najmaddin Sadigov is meeting his Israeli counterpart, Gadi Eisenkot and other senior Israeli army officials. The Azeri decision to send the general to Israel is perceived in Jerusalem as a clear message to Iran

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkott (left) welcomes Azerbaijani Chief of General Staff Najmaddin Sadigov  to Israel, October 24, 2018
IDF Spokesperson's unit

The chief of general staff of Azerbaijan's armed forces arrived in Israel for his first official visit.

Azerbaijani Chief of General Staff Najmaddin Sadigov has met with his Israeli counterpart, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and other senior Israel Defense Forces officials.

Sadigov is also slated to visit different IDF units and will discuss strengthening the military, security and business ties of the two nations.

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Azerbaijan, Iran's northern neighbor, has maintained close ties with Israel in recent years. The decision to send the Azerbaijani chief of general staff for a first official visit to Israel is perceived in Jerusalem as a clear message being sent to Tehran.

The last decade saw a reports of large weapons deals, in which Israeli weapons, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were sold to Azerbaijan. The reports included the purchase of Israeli drones.