BAKU (Hurriyet)–Turkey and Azerbaijan are not only ordinary allies and neighbors, they are also two strategic partners, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday during an official visit to Baku.
“Turkey and Azerbaijan are not two ordinary friend, neighbor and brother countries, they are at the same time two strategic partners,” Davutoglu said, adding that this relationship is a fundamental foreign policy priority “embraced by everybody in Turkey.”
In Turkey, everybody has different political thoughts, however, everybody attaches importance to relations with Azerbaijan, Davutoglu said on Tuesday at a joint press conference following talks with Mammadyarov, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The Turkish Foreign Minister arrived in the Azerbaijani capital late on Monday when he flew from Damascus with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov. The two ministers had participated in the 36th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) held in the Syrian capital.
Davutoglu underlined that there should be no doubts about Turkey’s sensitivities concerning Azerbaijan.
“Our Azerbaijani siblings should know that Turkey will be by the side of Azerbaijan in the future as well, as it has been in history,” Davutoglu said. “Our message intended for the actors in the region, particularly intended for Armenia, is very open and clear. The region should now be cleansed of occupations, stresses and high tensions.”