"Azerbaijan is more important for Israel than France," the Foreign Minister of Israel and leader of the "Our Home is Israel" party, Avigdor Lieberman has announced. "The annual volume of our exports to Azerbaijan today amounts to $5 billion, while our exports to France amount to only $3 billion ... Maybe because there has never been anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan, or perhaps because of the warm personal relationship that I have established with the leadership of this country, but I always feel particularly comfortable in Azerbaijan. I was taking a direct flight to Tel Aviv from Baku, and I was pleased that there was not a single empty seat in the plane. Moreover, among the passengers there were not only members of our delegation, but also prominent businessmen and ordinary citizens who were travelling to visit relatives, or visitors coming back. All this pointed to the fact that both economic and personal ties between our countries and peoples have successfully developed and, therefore, everything we have been working on was not in vain."
Summing up the preliminary results of his service as foreign minister, Lieberman said he considers deepening of relations between Azerbaijan and Israel as one of his main achievement.