Erdogan ready to meet Pashinyan next month

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan may meet during the European Political Community Summit that will be held on Oct 6-7 in the Czech capital Prague, Erdogan said on Thursday in a chat with journalists in New York.

“We are currently evaluating whether to attend the summit or not. If we attend the summit, Pashinyan might come there. I guess he had a thought, ‘Can we meet there?’. Maybe we can have a conversation about these issues with him there,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey will continue to take steps in the Caucasus with Azerbaijan.

Armenia does not rule out the possibility of a meeting between the leaders,, Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vahan Hunanyan told Armenpress.

The two leaders held a phone call in July, a first since efforts began to mend bilateral ties that had been frozen for almost three decades.

After siding with Azerbaijan and blaming Armenia for provocations Erdogan said on Tuesday during a speech to the UN that Turkey believes a comprehensive peace is possible between the neighboring countries.

Erdogan also said reopening of transport links in the region will contribute to the welfare of all parties.

The two-day clashes left 170 dead and Azerbaijan made significant territorial gains in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey and Armenia never established diplomatic relations since Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The normalization talks got bogged down due to the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, with Turkey unilaterally withdrawing from talks in 1992. Later attempts also didn’t bear fruit due to Ankara’s refusal to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The current talks were initiated after the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War which started in September 2020 and ended in November 2020. The first round was held in Moscow on January 14, 2022. 


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