“Ankara and Baku aim to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the Eurasian region”

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“Contributing to prosperity and well-being in the Eurasian region is one of our priorities in our foreign policy,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday as he and his Azerbaijani counterpart praised the strong relations between the two states as they celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations. .

“The level of our relations with friendly Azerbaijan is exemplary,” Çavuşoğlu said at a reception held in the Turkish capital Ankara for the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry hosted the reception marking “the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Turkey and friendly and brotherly countries”.

The reception took place in the presence of Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov as well as many ambassadors as guests of honour.

Citing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s upcoming visit to Ankara on Wednesday, Çavuşoğlu also said: “To ensure that our European friends are less affected by the energy crisis, we are doing everything we can. Our dear friend and brother country, Azerbaijan, is also shouldering a huge responsibility in this regard.”

“In the days and weeks ahead, we will convene trilateral meetings with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to address these energy and logistics issues,” he added.

The Middle East-West Trans-Caspian Corridor initiative is of strategic importance, Çavuşoğlu said, noting that the foreign and transport ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan will meet in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. , June 27.

Bayramov praised his Turkish counterpart for changing the country’s name to “Türkiye” in the international arena, noting that the name reflects the “most beautiful expression of Turkish civilization, culture and values”.

He recalled that Turkey was the first state to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence, which was restored in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The head of Azerbaijani diplomacy stressed that the current level of relations between Baku and Ankara is based on the “will of the people and the brotherly ties” between the two states.

“The alliance between Azerbaijan and Turkey has great political and economic potential and serves to further strengthen peace and development in the region,” he said.

Speaking about Turkey’s political and moral support for Azerbaijan during the 2020 Karabakh war, Bayramov thanked Turkey for its “legitimate” support during the 44 days of conflict.

Turkey was a key supporter of Azerbaijan during the Karabakh War, which broke out on September 27, 2020 and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire on November 10 of the same year.

Relations between the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have been strained since 1991, when the Armenian army illegally occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.

The 44-day conflict saw Azerbaijan liberate several towns and more than 300 settlements and villages that had been occupied by Armenia for nearly three decades.

Since then, Ankara has frequently called for a six-nation platform comprising Turkey, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia for permanent peace, stability and cooperation in the region, claiming that it would be a win-win initiative for all regions. Caucasian actors.

Turkey believes that permanent peace is possible through mutual security-based cooperation between the states and peoples of the South Caucasus region.

“The cooperation and decisions of the Organization of Turkish States serve the development and progress of the wider region,” Bayramov also stressed.

On November 12, 2021, the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States – the Turkish Council – renamed itself Organization of Turkish States (OTS) during its 8th Summit in Istanbul.

The organization includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan as member countries, with Hungary and Turkmenistan as observers.

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