Isaac Herzog
Isaac Herzogצילום: עמוס בן גרשום, לע"מ

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his wife, First Lady Michal Herzog, are set to travel to the Muslim-majority state of Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

President Herzog was invited by his Azerbaijani counterpart, President Ilham Aliyev, to the capital city of Baku for a state visit.

Azerbaijan, a largely Shi'ite Muslim country, borders Iran, making Baku's strengthening alliance with Israel an important factor for Israeli defense and Middle Eastern geopolitics.

Upon his arrival, President Herzog will be greeted at the airport by 30 children who learn at a Chabad school in Baku, waving Israeli and Azerbaijani flags.

Subsequently, Herzog will visit the Presidential Palace in Baku, where he will be greeted by President Aliyev in a royal ceremony, accompanied by a guard of honor, during which the Israeli national anthem, "Hatikvah," will be played.

Following the ceremony, the two leaders will hold a diplomatic meeting, followed by a joint lunch.

Herzog is also scheduled to participate in a festive event marking the 75th anniversary of Israel's independence, and meet with members of the Jewish community in the country.

Accompanying President Herzog on his visit will be the Minister of Health and Interior, Moshe Arbel, who will meet with his Azerbaijani counterpart for discussions on enhancing cooperation in the field of healthcare, with an emphasis on medical training, emergency preparedness, and digital health. During the visit, a signing ceremony for a cooperation agreement in the healthcare sector between the two countries will take place.