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'Secret Israeli-Azeri ties exposed'
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:14:08 GMT
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Azeri President Ilham Aliyev
A leaked US diplomatic cable exposes Azerbaijan's contact with the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, and security agreements reached between the two sides.

The document was sent from the United States embassy in Baku on February 16, 2007, Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz wrote on Sunday. It says that Azeri President Ilham Aliyev's security adviser had met with Mossad representatives as well as the then-Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh.

It also highlights a meeting between Aliyev and Israel's former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in January that year during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The cable also says that the two sides signed two security agreements.

In 2008, Azeri daily Yeni Musavat cited a political analyst at the University of Washington's Institute for Middle East Studies as pointing out “extensive covert and overt preemptive cooperation in security, intelligence and military areas between Azerbaijan and the Israeli intelligence services, Mossad” in the ex-Soviet republic.

He also referred to installation of “highly-advanced satellite espionage equipment on the Azeri soil, wiretapping centers in frontier areas, eavesdropping centers in the Caspian Sea and continuous training of Azeri intelligence and security agents in Israel” as instances of the collaboration.

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