October 7, 2022 - 11:47 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkey and Armenia can achieve full normalization on the basis of good neighborly relations in the region, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday, October 6, Daily Sabah reports.
Holding a press conference on the sidelines of the first meeting of the European Political Community in Prague, Erdoğan said that Turkey-Armenia meetings continue through special representatives, adding that his meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian earlier in the day was in a "friendly atmosphere."
"I sincerely believe that we can achieve our goal of full normalization on the basis of good neighborly relations in our region," he said.
He maintained that Turkey has no preconditions for full normalization but said that Ankara expects Yerevan and Baku to resolve their problems and reach a peace agreement.
Erdoğan said the two countries' foreign ministers and special representatives will gather and will take the step to a further level.
"We want to warm up relations between Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan as soon as possible and solve this issue," he added.
According to Erdoğan, he told Pashinian that Türkiye has no preconditions for this, adding: "As soon as you make a peace agreement with Azerbaijan, we will have no problem."
Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders met informally at the European summit on Thursday, marking the first top-level talks between Turkey and Armenia since launching a bid to mend ties late last year. Erdoğan spoke with Pashinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev ahead of the Prague summit, publishing a photo of them sitting with others at a small table.