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Israeli PM Plans Visit To Baku On Way To Kazakhstan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled for a seven-hour stop-over visit in Azerbaijan on his was to Kazakhstan.

Netanyahu plans to meet in Baku on December 13 with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev before going into a meeting with leaders of the country's Jewish community.

Netanyahu last met with Aliyev on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

The Israeli leader plans to fly on from Baku on the evening of December 13 to Kazakhstan where he is scheduled to meet with government leaders on December 14.

Reports from Shi'ite-led Iran quote clerics and officials complaining about Shi'ite-majority Azerbaijan hosting Netanyahu.

Cleric Saye Mehdi Ghoreishi told reporters in Tehran on December 12 that Azerbaijani authorities "must take into account" that "it is unacceptable when a Muslim country tries to develop ties with a perpetrator."

Hossein Amir Abdollhaian, a senior adviser to the speaker of Iran's parliament, alleged that Netanyahu was trying to "hatch new plots."

Abdollhaian said Netanyahu's visit to Baku "should be regarded as a new conspiracy for the region."

Based on reporting by Jerusalem Post, MEHR, Tasnim, Fars, Panorama