Armenia invites Turkish president to football match

Armenia and Turkey will play against each other in the Armenian capital Yerevan on September 6 in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scheduled to be held in South Africa.

Armenia invites Turkish president to football match
Armenian president Serzh Sarksyan has invited his Turkish counterpart to visit Yerevan for a football match in September, marking a shift in relations between the two states which have no diplomatic ties.

Armenia and Turkey will play against each other in the Armenian capital Yerevan on September 6 in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scheduled to be held in South Africa.

"Sarksyan has sent a formal invitation to the president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul," said Samvel Farmanyan, the Armenian president's spokesman.

Turkey broke diplomatic relations with Armenia in protest against Yerevan's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh region over which Armenia attacked Turkey's ally Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s. Turkey was among the first countries to recognise Armenia's independence after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

Reuters
Last Mod: 06 Temmuz 2008, 12:34
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