Karabakh conflİct – bİggest problem before regİonal securİty and development, says Turkİsh FM
APA. Relations with Azerbaijan, a friendly and fraternal country to Turkey, are of exceptional importance. So I’m proud to be in Azerbaijan, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Siniroglu said on Sept.16.
He made remarks at a press conference held jointly with Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku.
The FM said Azerbaijan is moving forward rapidly, and it is a source of joy and pride for both Azerbaijan and Turkey. “I’m proud of the development in Azerbaijan, and the two countries are taking strength from the historical ties.”
Turkey and Azerbaijan are not only brotherly countries, but also strategic partners, Siniroglu said, noting that Azerbaijan is a rapidly developing country of the region. “This country increases its value at the global level. We appreciate the role of Azerbaijan as a source of stability,” he said.
Sinirlioglu went on to add that Azerbaijan and Turkey have fruitful cooperation in the energy sphere as well.
“We are in a joint struggle against terrorism. As the Afghan issue, we contribute to the preservation of international peace and security,” he said.
Sinirlioglu said the main theme of the discussion was the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the continuation of the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.
The FM said the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the biggest problem before regional security and development, and this conflict should be settled within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
“Turkey intends to ramp up its efforts for this. It’s clear that such a solution will normalize the situation in the region and will benefit all the countries. What we expect is that other countries and the international community would comprehend it and step up their efforts without delay. We are following the activities of the Minsk Group and when necessary we criticize and urge them. Any steps that may deepen the problem must be avoided. The recent illegal elections held in Nagorno-Karabakh is a wrong and provocative step, and we condemn it. It’s more than clear that this step is not going to yield a positive result,” he said.
Sinirlioglu added that Turkey and Azerbaijan are committed to continue the trilateral cooperation formats in the region.