Erdogan’s first visit to Azerbaijan as president, expected, Turkish ambassador says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 15

By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

The first official visit of Turkey's newly elected president is a tradition, Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Coskun told reporters on Friday, Aug. 15.

He said that the exact date of the visit is still unknown.

"Because Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not yet officially a president, but being committed to traditions, Erdogan said in his statement that he will first visit Azerbaijan," the diplomat said.

Regarding the issues to be discussed during the visit, the ambassador said the relations between the two countries are on the rise.

"The goal of making the first visit to Azerbaijan is to promote these developing relations. I have to note that we are implementing a number of important projects. For example, TANAP, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and we are continuing the work," Turkish ambassador said.

He also added that the recent tensions on the line of contact of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops may be one of the topics for discussion.

Turkey held the presidential election on Aug. 10. The current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the election gaining 51.8 percent of the vote.

The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu came in second with 38.56 percent of the vote, while the third place went to the People's Democracy Party's (HDP) Head Salahaddin Demirtas, who gained 9.79 percent of the vote.

The authority of the current President of Turkey Abdullah Gul will expire on Aug. 28.

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