Turkish, Iranian, Azeri Foreign Ministers to Meet

ANKARA (News.az)–The Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran are set to meet in the coming weeks at the South Eastern Turkish province of Igdir, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.

The meeting is being organized to “strengthening trilateral cooperation between the countries,” Davutoglu was quoted by Today’s Zaman as saying during a press conference.

“We are going to discuss the whole spectrum of our relations from frontier trade to facilitated passage across borders by the citizens of the three countries,” he added.

Igdir, a historic Armenian territory under Turkish occupation since the Armenian Genocide of 1915, borders both Iran and Azerbaijan. Davutoglu said the three diplomats will work to increase the ease of travel and transport between the tree countries through the area. “At this section there are passage points between Azerbaijan and Turkey, we are also negotiating the opening of the border point with Iran,” he said.

Davutoglu also alluded to a number of unspecified regional projects developing between the three countries and singled Armenia out as the only country in the area to be excluded. “Armenia will be allowed to take part in regional projects if it stops occupying Azerbaijani lands,” Davutoglu said, referring to the liberated Armenian territories of Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to Davutoglu, Armenia will further be able to take part in regional projects if it stops occupation of Azerbaijani lands


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