Turkey hopes better Armenia ties after Gul's 2008-visit

Turkish President Abdullah Gul accepted an invitation by the Armenian President Serzh Sargsian to watch a Turkey-Armenia World Cup qualifier match in Yerevan.

Turkey hopes better Armenia ties after Gul's 2008-visit

The beginning of a dialogue process between Turkey and its problematic neighbor Armenia was one of the most important incident in 2008 in bilateral relations as it brought life to very limited relations between the two countries.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul accepted an invitation by the Armenian President Serzh Sargsian to watch a Turkey-Armenia World Cup qualifier match in Yerevan.

Abdullah Gul met with Sargsian in Yerevan on September 6. President Gul said that he wishes the soccer match between Turkey and Armenia to help lift obstacles that prevent the peoples of Turkey and Armenia from getting closer to each other and to contribute to regional friendship and peace.

On September 7, President Gul said that he witnessed the Armenian side to be in agreement with Turkey in trying to lift obstacles that block the development of bilateral relations through dialogue.

In addition to Gul's talks in Yerevan, the meetings held by the Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan with his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts in various platforms were important steps that contributed to the dialogue process with Armenia.

Armenian President Sargsian said that there may be very positive developments with Turkey in less than a year.

Armenian officials said that they welcomed a proposal by Turkey to establish a Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform.

"We are ready to open our border with Turkey and establish diplomatic relations without preconditions," told Armenian authorities.

Though the Turkish-Armenian border is closed, around 60,000 Armenian tourists visit Turkey annually.

Around 70,000 Armenian citizens work as illegal migrants in Turkey.

Armenia's occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory, Armenia's one-sided description of the incidents of 1915 and statements in Armenian Constitution that allege that a portion of Turkey's territory actually belongs to the Armenians are some of the problems in bilateral relations.


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