ATHENS (News.az)—Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Tuesday reassured his Azeri counterpart of his government’s intention to continue linking the normalization of its relations with Armenia to a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azeri media reported Wednesday.
Davutoglu and Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met Tuesday in Athens on the sidelines of an OSCE Ministerial meeting, where the Turkish foreign minister also met with his Armenian counterpart, Eduard Nalbandian.
The Azeri Foreign Ministry said that Davutoglu told Mammadyarov that the ratification of the Armenian-Turkish protocols, signed on October 10 in Zurich, is “possibly only after the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia ends.”
It said the two diplomats “exchanged views in all directions of bilateral relations and touched upon regional issues, normalization of the Turkish-Armenian relations, the Karabakh conflict and the situation in Afghanistan.”
Davutoghlu is also reported to have invited Mammadyarov for an official visit to Turkey. Mammadyarov said he would make the trip in the latter half of December, the Azeri Foreign Ministry said.