ANKARA, FEBRUARY 15, ARTSAKHPRESS. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he discussed with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan the steps which will be done in the normalization process.
“In addition, we received information from him on the continuing meetings and negotiations around a comprehensive peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia,” FM Cavusoglu said after the meeting with the Armenian FM in Ankara, ARTSAKHPRESS.correspondent reports. “And here I’d like to emphasize, if these three countries make sincere steps, we can establish lasting peace and stability in the South Caucasus, and the South Caucasus’ lasting stability is extremely important in terms of economic development of this region. The East-West-Middle Corridor gained crucial importance especially after COVID and the war in Ukraine. That’s why, as countries situated on that route, we can ensure important contributions in steps aimed not only for the stability and development of our region, but also for increasing cooperation of Asia and Europe,” FM Cavusoglu said.
The Turkish FM attached importance to rebuilding the Ani Bridge (Silk Road Bridge) in the normalization process with Armenia.
“I said that today we again discussed what steps we can do in the normalization process. One of them is the reconstruction of the Silk Road Bridge of the historic Silk Road, which is located on the Armenian-Turkish border,” the Turkish FM said, referring to the Ani Bridge which passes over the Akhuryan River.
“On one hand our preparations aimed for the future continue, there’s research, conclusions and approvals regarding the bridges in the border crossing points on both sides, and there are steps related to the roads leading to the border which we can make. We agreed to speed up these steps,” the Turkish FM said.