Informal exchanges between Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders at the Prague Summit
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders met informally on the sidelines of the EU summit in Prague on Thursday, Turkish media reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev before the opening of the summit, according to Anadolu News Agency, which published a photo of the three leaders.
Turkey and Armenia, whose ties are historically strained, held a series of talks in January, the first in more than a decade, which they described as “positive and constructive” and raised the prospect of restoring ties and reopening borders .
Ankara has not had diplomatic or commercial ties with Armenia since the 1990s. This latest initiative is the first attempt to normalize relations between the two countries since a never-ratified 2009 peace deal.
Tensions escalated during the 2020 war over Nagorno-Karabakh territory. Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, has accused Russian-backed Armenian forces of seizing land owned by Azerbaijan, but then called for rapprochement between the two countries, who clashed again last month.
(Report Daren Butler, French version Augustin Turpin, edited by Sophie Louet)
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