Ankara, 10 March 2022 (TDI): President of the Republic of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev in Ankara at Çankaya Mansion. Both heads of the states showed their satisfaction with Susha Declaration which was signed on June 15, 2021.

In this regard, both Presidents have emphasized that by signing the Shusha Declaration and the ratification of this document in the parliaments of both countries, the Azerbaijan-Turkiye brotherly and friendly relations have further developed on the basis of alliance.

The parties discussed the potential for post-conflict normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The Presidents also emphasized the significance of the Zangazur Corridor’s opening, the opportunities it presented for the area, and the development of the Kars-Nakhchivan railway in this respect.

During the meeting, both sides highlighted the importance of Armenia’s implementation of all the provisions of the Trilateral Declaration signed on 10 November 2020. Both parties also discussed the contacts between Turkish and Armenian delegations in this regard.

Energy cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkiye, the successful operation of the Southern Gas Corridor, the possibility of increasing gas supplies to the fraternal country and Europe through Turkiye, the construction of the Igdir-Nakhchivan gas pipeline was the main agendas of the meeting.

Further, it has been highlighted that investments for this purpose also have been specified in Azerbaijan’s governmental budget. During the conversation, both Presidents exchanged the views on the further extension of economic and trade relations.

They highlighted that mutual cooperation in the military cum military-technical fields, including capacity building and education, are successfully continued. Both Presidents have also discussed other issues of mutual interest.

The Turkish and Azerbaijani Presidents exchanged their views on the contemporary scenario of the Russia–Ukraine issue and praised the mutual efforts of Turkiye and Azerbaijan.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev highly appreciated the personal efforts of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the as soon as possible end of Russia–Ukraine war. Both sides hailed the progressive Azerbaijan-Turkey brotherly relations. President Ilham Aliyev invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Azerbaijan.