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As a rapprochement between the two states is underway, Armenia’s head of diplomacy, Ararat Mirzoyan, is visiting Turkey today.

Among other things, he will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, a representative of Mr. Mirzoyan’s services said on social networking sites.

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He will also visit members of his country’s search and rescue mission who are still involved in efforts to rescue survivors from the rubble of buildings destroyed by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on February 6.

The relationship between the two neighbors is historically extremely tense. Historians say that 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Turkey, from a legal point of view its heir, admits that 300,000-500,000 people were massacred, but denies that it was genocide.

However, several Western countries, including European ones, have recognized and condemned the Armenian genocide.

Turkey is also a close ally of Azerbaijan, with whom Armenia has repeatedly engaged in bloody hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The government of the South Caucasus country and that of Turkey recently resumed diplomatic contacts at the end of 2021. The foreign ministers of the two states met in March 2022 in Antalya (Antalya).

Following the devastating earthquake on February 6, Turkish authorities opened a border crossing on the border with Armenia to allow rescuers and humanitarian aid to pass through.

This was the first time that the borders of the two countries were opened after thirty years.