TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s former ambassador to Azerbaijan expressed surprise at the Baku government’s approval to a planned trip by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying such a visit will contravene Azerbaijan’s commitments to the Islamic community.

In an interview with the Press Shia News Agency, Mohsen Pakayeen deplored the Azeri government’s green light to Bibi’s trip.

Netanyahu unveiled plans in late October for a tour of four countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Australia, and Singapore. He had once visited the Caucasus nation briefly in 1997 on the way back from a visit to the East, and met in the airport in Baku with late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev, the father of the incumbent president.

Expressing surprise at Baku’s approval to the planned visit, Pakayeen said the Republic of Azerbaijan, as a member of the Islamic community, should remain committed to Muslim nations’ agreements on the prohibition of any ties with Israel or any measure that would break the isolation of the Zionist regime.

Moreover, the ex-envoy added, the Muslim nation of Azerbaijan has an aversion to the occupying regime of Tel Aviv and will be naturally dissatisfied with their government’s decision.

It is also surprising that the Republic of Azerbaijan, itself a victim of occupation, is going to host the head of an occupying and criminal regime, Pakayeen deplored.

He further said that Netanyahu’s upcoming visits to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are primarily aimed at drawing the Israeli regime out of its international isolation, whitewashing its crimes, and also disrupting Tehran-Baku relations, which have grown increasingly in recent years.

The former ambassador finally ruled out the possibility of strategic relations between Baku and Tel Aviv, saying no Muslim country will establish such relationship with the Israeli regime, the greatest threat to Islamic world security.