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.
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