Armenian Security Council Secretary: "Armenia ready to open border with Turkey"
Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Armenia's special representative in the normalization process with Turkey Ruben Rubinyan have arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Armenian delegation was welcomed by Ambassador Serdar Kilic, Turkey's special envoy for the normalization of relations with Armenia.
Mirzoyan and Rubinyan will also go to Adiyaman to visit the Armenian search and rescue team which has been working in the city since Feb. 8.
Armenia is ready to open the common border with Turkey and normalize relations at any time, Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan said Wednesday, after Armenia became one of the first countries to help Turkey despite diplomatic disagreements.
He recalled that an agreement was reached between Armenia and Turkey on opening the border to third-country nationals, but added that no time frame was discussed.
"The Armenian and Turkish sides are discussing this issue and will continue talks in the hope that they will take place as soon as possible," Grigoryan said.
The Armenian-Turkish border gate was opened on Sunday for the first time in 30 years to allow humanitarian aid to the earthquake-affected population in Turkey. A second convıoy passed the border on Tuesday.
The disaster also warmed diplomatic relations.