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Turkish, Armenian Leaders Eye Ties in First Talks Since 2009

  • Erdogan, Pashinyan talks come in push for diplomatic relations
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan leaders also to meet with Macron in Prague
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Photographer: Michel Eurler/AFP/Getty Images 

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met Thursday to hold the first talks in 13 years between the leaders of the two countries amid a push to establish diplomatic relations.

“I sincerely believe that we can achieve our goal of full normalization in our region on the basis of good neighborliness,” Erdogan told a televised presser after meeting Pashinyan. “There were certain demands and they were duly conveyed to our special envoys,” he said without elaborating. Foreign ministers of both countries were also instructed to prepare to take steps to forward the normalization process, Erdogan said.