Welcoming the guests, the chairman of the committee emphasized that our state attaches special importance to friendship and cooperation with Israel, activities of the Jewish communities around the world, including the United States, and spoke about the projects the State Committee on Work with Diaspora implements in this area in line with the instructions of President Ilham Aliyev.
Expressing satisfaction with the cooperation with the committee, Samuel Kliger pointed out that they stand with our country in the issues of importance for Azerbaijan and are proud of the victory of our people in Karabakh. He also said that the AJC’s new CEO Ted Deutch had welcomed the Decree of President Ilham Aliyev of November 26, 2022 on ensuring the activity of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Israel (Tel Aviv) with great joy and gratitude.
Yakov Abramov, head of the Cultural Center of Caucasus Jews, said that the Jews living in the United States make great efforts to broadcast the truthful voice of Azerbaijan to the world, to show that they are an integral part of the processes taking place in our country. “This was especially evident during the Patriotic War. We cannot stay away from issues related to Azerbaijan. Because we always feel we are Azerbaijanis,” our compatriot added.
Mikayil Davidov’s activities are an example of the love of Jews for Azerbaijan. It was mentioned that in the 1990s, at a time when there was limited information about Azerbaijan in the United States, a young Jew from Azerbaijan, Mikayil Davidov, organized a protest in front of the UN headquarters following the tragedy of January 20 in Baku.
Further, the environmental project initiative of the Cultural Center of Caucasus Jews, intended as a contribution to the restoration and construction work being carried out on our liberated lands, was discussed. Anatoly Rafailov, a member of the Milli Majlis and head of the Azerbaijan-Israel inter-parliamentary friendship group, who attended the meeting, found the initiative very appealing.
An exchange of views on the joint activities of the Azerbaijani diaspora and the AJC and the prospects for further cooperation also took place.
The chairman of the committee invited the new president and CEO of the AJC to visit Azerbaijan.