Azerbaijani and Turkish presidents meet in Ankara [UPDATE]

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March 10, 2022 7:24 p.m. (UTC+04:00)

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Azertag reported on March 10.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed President Ilham Aliyev to Cankaya Palace.

The presidents posed together for official photos.

They underlined that with the signing of the Shusha Declaration and the ratification of this document in the parliaments of the two countries, brotherly and friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey have further developed on the basis of alliance. The parties exchanged views on the prospects for normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the post-conflict period. The presidents also stressed the importance of the opening of the Zangazur Corridor, the prospects it has created for the region and the construction of the Kars-Nakhichevan railway in this regard.

During the meeting, the parties stressed the importance of Armenia’s implementation of all the provisions of the Trilateral Declaration signed on November 10, 2020 and discussed contacts between the Turkish and Armenian delegations.

The meeting also discussed the energy cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, the successful exploitation of the Southern Gas Corridor, the possibility of increasing gas supplies to the brotherly country and Europe via Turkey, as well as the construction of the Igdir-Nakhichevan gas pipeline. It was pointed out that investments were planned in the Azerbaijani state budget for this purpose.

During the conversation, the parties exchanged views on further expanding economic and trade relations.

They noted that cooperation in the military and military-technical field, including military training and education, continues successfully. The parties also discussed other matters of common interest.

The presidents exchanged views on developments in Ukraine and welcomed the efforts of Turkey and Azerbaijan, as well as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally, to end the war as soon as possible.

The parties welcomed the development of allied Azerbaijani and Turkish relations. President Ilham Aliyev has invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Azerbaijan.

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