Aliyev, Erdogan discuss Ukraine and bilateral cooperation during meeting in Ankara

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Ankara to discuss bilateral cooperation, prospects for normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the situation in Ukraine, said Azerbaijani leader’s website.

“Aliyev and Erdogan stressed the importance of the opening of the Zangezur Corridor, its future and the prospects it creates for the region and the construction of the Kars-Nakhichevan railway in this regard,” a statement on the Aliyev’s website.

The two presidents stressed the importance of Armenia’s compliance with all provisions of the Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian trilateral declaration of November 10, 2020, and referred to the contacts between the Turkish and Armenian delegations.

The two sides also discussed energy cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, successful operation of the southern gas corridor and prospects for increased gas shipments to Turkey and Europe, he said. added.

It was noted in this regard that there are plans to build the Ygdyr-Nakhchivan gas pipeline and investments are planned in the Azerbaijani government budget for this purpose.

The two leaders exchanged views on the prospect of further developing trade and economic relations between the two countries, he added.

The parties noted that cooperation in the military and military-technical sphere and in military education and training continues successfully. The two leaders also discussed other issues of common interest, he added.

The parties exchanged views on developments in Ukraine. The parties appreciated the efforts made by the two leaders to end hostilities in Ukraine as soon as possible.

Aliyev and Erdogan expressed satisfaction with the development of allied Azerbaijani-Turkish relations. Aliyev invited Erdogan to visit Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani presidential press service said.

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