Azerbaijani President and Turkish Premier Meet in Nakhchivan

Politics Materials 4 June 2008 12:38 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan, 4 June / corr Trend M.Guliyev / Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan held discussions in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR) on 4 June.

At the beginning Aliyev and Erdogan had one-to-one meeting at the Supreme Assembly of NAR. Later the development of bilateral and regional economic cooperation was considered at the meeting of the government delegations of Azerbaijan and Turkey under the chairmanship of the Azerbaijani President and the Turkish Premier.

Before his departure for Nakhchivan on 3 June Erdogan told journalists at Ankara airport that he plans to hold tete-a-tete with the Azerbaijani President to discuss the Azerbaijani-Turkish cooperation, as well as to exchange opinions on "regional and international development". Erdogan reminded that Turkey and Azerbaijan realized energy project of world significance, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ersurum pipelines.

According to Erdogan, the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, which will connect the Central Asia and Europe via the Caucasus and Turkey, will commence in July. "We will discuss this and several other projects during my meetings," he said.

Erdogan's one-day visit program to Nakhchivan envisages review of places of interests and some facilities, as well as participation in the opening of the Nakhchivan-Duzdag physiotherapeutic center.