Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey and Armenia should take bold steps to boost stability across the region.
"It would be shame if all these efforts are made a victim of (Armenian) diaspora's works," Erdogan told a panel session during the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos titled "The Great Game Revisited" which was also attended by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian.
"The biggest challenge here is the diaspora," Erdogan said.
He blamed the Armenian diaspora for undermining steps taken by Turkey and Armenia and said Turkey wanted to settle the problem in the shortest time possible.
In September 2008, Turkey's President Abdullah Gul paid a visit to Armenia which was described as a "historic visit to build bridges between the two countries." Gul invited his Armenian counterpart for the return match to be played in October 2009 in Turkey.
At his visit, Gul said he hoped matches between Turkey and Armenia would contribute to removing barriers to the rapprochement of two peoples with a common history, and contribute to regional peace and stability
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsian on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The meeting between Erdogan and Sargsian lasted about 20 minutes.
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