“The unity of Azerbaijan and Turkey sends an important message to the region and the whole world: it is a factor of stability,” Aliyev said
The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today that it is necessary to “seize the opportunity” to restore relations with Armenia, along with the normalization of relations between Yerevan and Azerbaijan.
Yerevan and Baku in October began drafting a peace deal between the two rival countries, and Erdogan subsequently held talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Czech Republic.
“The normalization processes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, between Turkey and Armenia, are interdependent”Erdogan emphasized during a visit to Azerbaijan.
“We must seize the opportunity presented,” he said at a press conference together with the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
The two presidents attended the inauguration of a new airport in Zanjilan.
“The unity of Azerbaijan and its Turkey it sends an important message to the region and the whole world: it is a factor of stability,” said Aliyev.
Turkey and Armenia – a former Soviet republic that gained independence in 1991 – have been at loggerheads for decades over Yerevan’s demand to recognize the 1915 genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, a characterization that Ankara vehemently rejects.
The two countries do not have diplomatic relations, and relations have been further strained by Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan, a Turkish-speaking, Muslim-majority country, during the 2020 armed conflict over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
THE Armenia and Azerbaijan were also engaged in armed conflict in the 1990s, also over Nagorno-Karabakh. That war had over 30,000 dead.
After a series of mediation efforts by Brussels and Washington, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met on October 3 in Geneva to begin drafting a peace deal.
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