No Armenia relations until Karabagh occupation ends: minster

Turkey's Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said Turkey will not restore diplomatic ties with Yerevan unless Armenia withdraws from Nagorno Karabagh.

No Armenia relations until Karabagh occupation ends: minster

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's economy minister ruled out any normalization in ties with Armenia unless Yerevan pulled out from the occupied Nagorno Karabagh.

"As long as the Armenian occupation of Nagorno Karabagh continues, Turkey will not have any kind of relation with Armenia," Zafer Caglayan told reporters Saturday in the Azeri city of Gabala where he participated in a meeting of Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan Business Forum.

Caglayan said Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan have weathered the global economic, adding that the three countries had a combined population of 87 million and a total national income of $868 billion.

Emphasizing the importance of the Turkey-Georgia free trade agreement (FTA), Caglayan said soon an FTA between Turkey and Azerbaijan will be concluded to boost the bilateral trade volume.

Azerbaijani and Georgian businessmen to benefit the market facilities of Turkey.

Caglayan also said that the fourth edition of the meeting of the Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan Business Forum will the held in Batumi, Georgia, in 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Mayıs 2013, 14:50