Erdogan: "Armenia must reciprocate to the peace offerings and act with sincerity"

Erdogan: "Armenia must reciprocate to the peace offerings and act with sincerity"
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The Erdogan-Aliyev meeting at the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic lasted approximately an hour.

Upon President Ilham Aliyev's invitation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan journeyed for a comprehensive bilateral meeting to Nakhchivan, the autonomous Azerbaijani territory. The meeting occurred in the shadow of the dramatic events in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).

According to the Anadolu Agency, the meeting at the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic lasted approximately an hour. Discussions revolved around current global and regional issues, particularly on Turkey-Azerbaijan relations and the ongoing situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

At the post-meeting press conference, Aliyev thanked Erdogan for supporting Azerbaijan's cause at the UN General Assembly. Highlighting the burgeoning trade relations, he noted, "Our trade volume, currently standing at over 6 billion dollars and having surged by 40% this year, is expected to touch our target of 15 billion dollars soon." Referring to the pivotal Shusha Declaration, Aliyev asserted that the partnership between the two nations is currently at its zenith.

President Erdogan lauded the Azerbaijani army for its recent accomplishments, praising its military prowess and humanitarian approach towards civilians. Addressing Armenia's role, Erdogan stated, "Given the new prospects that have arisen from the recent victories, we expect Armenia will reciprocate to the peace offerings and act with sincerity."

The day's highlight was the ceremony for a natural gas pipeline running from Nakhchivan to Turkey's Igdir province. In addition, the two leaders signed the "Protocol of Intent between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Kars-Nakhchivan Railway Project."

In a display of continued cooperation, two more agreements were signed. Mehmet Ozhaseki, Turkey's Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, and Azerbaijan's Anar Guliyev, Chairperson of the State Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture, penned a deal on joint infrastructure projects in Turkey's Maras Province. A collaborative agreement on electric energy was finalized between Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Perviz Shahbazov.