Davutoglu Meeting With Aliyev ‘Fares Well’

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lays flowers at a memorial in Baku on May 26, 2009.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lays flowers at a memorial in Baku on May 26, 2009.

BAKU (Hurriyet)–Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Memmedyarov in Baku on Thursday during a trip to the Azeri capital to attend a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization’s (BSEC) Foreign Ministers Council, reported the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

The meeting between the ministers lasted about an hour. Diplomatic sources told the Hurriyet that the meetings were held in a positive atmosphere. On the agenda of discussion were the signing of protocols between Turkey and Armenia and the removal of Turkish flags from a monument and Turkish diplomatic mission.

The meetings also focused on the latest developments in the OSCE mediated Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Hurriyet quoted sources close to the meetings as saying the talks went “as they should between two brotherly nations.”

Turkey is expected to attend the Minsk Group’s meeting in Vienna on Friday. Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Unal Cevikoz is already in Vienna to attend the meeting and has begun preliminary talks.

Davutoglu’s meetings followed the BSEC meeting in Baku, during which Azerbaijan transfered its chairmanship of the organization to Bulgaria. Memmedyarov delivered the opening remarks and spoke about economic developments in Azerbaijan, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, the Shah Deniz gas pipeline and other energy projects.

Memmedyarov said Azerbaijan’s role in regional transportation and energy projects has led to development throughout the Caspian basin and South Caucasus. “Despite the global economic crisis, Azerbaijan has grown by 6 percent,” he said, adding that Azerbaijan has become an investor country.

Memmedyarov said he expected the Shah Deniz gas pipeline project and numerous other transportation-energy projects to contribute significantly to global energy security.

Turkey, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Russia, Albania, Greece, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, and Armenia are represented in the BSEC.

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