Pashinyan will visit Turkey for Erdogan's inauguration ceremony

Pashinyan will visit Turkey for Erdogan's inauguration ceremony
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The Armenian prime minister's visit to Turkey will the first top-level visit in 24 years.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is set to visit Turkey to participate in the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Armenian media reported on Friday.

Armenian government’s press office announced that "The Republic of Armenia has received an invitation and Nikol Pashinyan will participate in the inauguration ceremony."

Pashinyan and Erdogan are expected to hold a meeting after the ceremony.

The visit will mark the fourth top-level visit by an Armenian states person to Turkey after Armenia's declaration of independence in 1991, and the first since former president Robert Kocharyan's visit to Istanbul in 1999.

The first visit was by former Armenian president Levon Ter-Petrosyan in 1992, when he attended the Istanbul summit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Armenia and Turkey remain at odds over issues including Turkey's denial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict between Yerevan and Baku. Turkey is a major provider of political and military support for Azerbaijan.

Pashinyan recently met with Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev on Thursday on the sidelines of a European summit, to narrow down their differences on a peace treaty, and the two were joined by EU chief Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

No concrete agreements were announced after the meeting.

"On the whole, I consider the discussion useful," Pashinyan told a group of ethnic Armenians from Moldova and Ukraine in Moldova's capital Chisinau later in the evening.