Turkey Says Wants Dialogue With New Armenian Government

ANAKRA (AP)–Turkey’s foreign minister said Monday he is seeking a dialogue with the new government installed in Armenia to try to normalize ties between two neighbors who have no diplomatic relations.
Ali Babacan told reporters he had written to his Armenian counterpart saying that Turkey "is open to dialogue with the aim of normalizing Turkish-Armenian ties in the new era."
"Admittedly we have problems, some of which date back 100 years," Babacan said, when he was asked about Turkey-Armenia relations during a news conference with the visiting Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik.
"But the only way of overcoming these problems is through dialogue. Our doors are open to dialogue in this new period," Babacan said.


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