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Turkish Armenian Rapprochment

Foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia have met in Antalya, gave positive messages after the meeting.


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan have met for talks in southern Turkey as part of efforts to normalise relations in between the two counties.


Diplomatic and commercial ties with Armenia was cut after Armenian occupation of Azerbaijan in 1990s. Many Armenians travel to Turkey for work and study. An attempt to normalise relations in 2009 failed following an extensive pressure from Armenian diaspora communities who want Turkey's recognition of events of 1915 as genocide. Armenian diaspora groups, mainly affiliated with ultra-nationalist Dashnak party, are known to have a big influence on Armenian politics due to their financial support to the country.

Meeting in Antalya was the first one between foreign ministers in over 10 years

"It was a very productive and constructive conversation," Cavusoglu told reporters after the talks, which lasted 30 minutes.

Mirzoyan said: "We are continuing the process of normalising relations without preconditions. We are making efforts."

Armenia says the 1915 killings constitute a genocide. Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but contests the figures and denies killings were systematic or constitute genocide.

During a 2020 operation by Azerbaijan to liberate Armenian occupied territories of Nagorno-Karabakh, while Armenia received significant support from its usual allies in Moscow and Tehran, Ankara and Jerusalem sided with Azerbaijan.

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