Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen sent a congratulatory letter to his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jayhun Bayramova, on Independence Day.

The EPA reports that the letter says:

"I am delighted to extend our warmest congratulations to you and the Azerbaijani people on behalf of the people and government of Israel on Independence Day.

Our countries share special ties built on mutual respect and built on a common commitment to promoting peace, stability and well-being in our region and beyond.

The opening of Azerbaijan's embassy in Israel earlier this year is proof of the growing strength and depth of our bilateral relations. We believe this development will help further expand cooperation between our countries in areas of mutual interest, including trade, investment, culture and technology.

As co-chairman of the Joint Commission, I would like to thank you for your warm hospitality to me and my delegation during my visit to Baku. During that trip, I was able to witness not only the beauty of your country but also the potential of our cooperation. We are committed to working with Azerbaijan to resolve the calls and opportunities ahead and to build a brighter, more prosperous and more peaceful future for our peoples.

Once again, accept my warmest congratulations on this remarkable event and my best wishes for the continued well-being and success of Azerbaijan."