Israel and Azerbaijan signed a cooperation agreement on environmental protection, Israel's Foreign Ministry confirmed.
The agreement was signed by Azerbaijan's Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mukhtar Babayev and Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, who was in the country on a diplomatic visit earlier this week.
The agreement focuses on several areas of collaboration, including issues of air quality management, environmental aspects of water management, waste management, climate change mitigation and adaption measures, prevention of land degradation and promotion of environmental technologies, the Foreign Ministry told The Jerusalem Post.
“The signing of the agreement will contribute to the expansion of cooperation between the two countries in the field of environmental protection, strengthen the legal basis in this field and create an opportunity for new relations,” a spokesperson for the Azerbaijan Embassy in Israel told the Post.
Cohen added that this and other agreements signed in the country will “significantly increase the economic potential between the countries.”
What else did Cohen do on his Azerbaijan visit?
This was Cohen's first official visit to Azerbaijan. He said he discussed strategic regional challenges the countries share with his counterparts, including regional security and the fight against terrorism.