Nalbandian, Davutoglu Discuss Protocols Ratification in Athens

ATHENS (–Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian met with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu Tuesday on the sidelines of an OSCE Ministerial meeting in Athens for talks that lasted half an hour, reported CNNTurk.

The two foreign ministers are reported to have discussed the ratification process of agreements signed between the two on October 10 outlining the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey. The Armenian Foreign Ministry said they did not discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“The meeting focused on Armenian-Turkish relations only,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tigran Balayan, refuting earlier claims by Turkish media that Karabakh was also on the agenda of the short meeting.

CNNTurk reported that Nalbandian and Davotoglu had also discussed the latest round of peace talks between Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in Munich on November 22.

After talks with Nalbandian, Davutoglu met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and discussed the Karabakh peace process and Azerbaijani-Turkish relations.

Davutoglu was also scheduled to meet with US Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Washington on December 7. The two leaders are slated to hold talks on US-Turkish relations, Armenian-Turkish relations, and the Karabakh conflict.




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