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Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool (JERUSALEM – Tags: POLITICS)

Tel Aviv-Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Iran explicitly during his two-day visit to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

“I want to say in the clearest way: Whoever thinks of attacking us, will be attacked,” Netanyahu said.

“Whoever considers destroying us puts himself in existential danger. This is an essential condition for ensuring our future.”

Before leaving, Netanyahu spoke about the significance of the trip.

He said: “These are two large and significant countries in the Islamic world and our goal is to strengthen diplomatic, security and economic relations with them.”

“This is part of a clear policy of going out to the world. Israel’s relations are flourishing in an unprecedented manner. This is also the first, historic, visit by an Israeli Prime Minister to Kazakhstan.”

“It’s the second Prime Minister’s visit to Azerbaijan. I know because I made the first visit almost two decades ago and I met with the father of the current leader.”

Following Netanyahu’s talks Tuesday with Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, officials signed economic cooperation agreements in the fields of agriculture, prevention of double taxation and mutual quality standards.

Netanyahu said Israel is willing to expand trade and cooperation on information technologies.

Aliyev announced that Azerbaijan has signed a $5 billion deal to buy weapons and security equipment from Israel.

“The deal reportedly will include missile-defense systems,” he said.

“We’re very satisfied with the level of this cooperation,” Aliyev said during a joint press conference with Netanyahu.

On the other hand, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the extended format negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named agriculture, innovation and advanced technologies, and health as the most promising spheres for bilateral cooperation.

In the meeting, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the key issues of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic and investment spheres, as well as innovative technologies.

The parties also exchanged views on topical matters of the international agenda.

Nazarbayev also underlined Kazakhstan’s interest in further development of business relations with Israel, and expressed his hope that Netanyahu’s visit would give a new momentum to bilateral relations.

In turn, Netanyahu said that Israel had succeeded in security and new technologies and offers to use this experience for the benefit of the two nations.