Top official: Azerbaijan strongly condemns coup attempt in Turkey (UPDATE)

Politics Materials 16 July 2016 12:52 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 12:34)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 16


Azerbaijan strongly condemns the military coup attempt in Turkey, Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department, told Trend July 16.

“We were following the processes in Turkey with concern,” said Mammadov, adding that Azerbaijan’s president also was very concerned the whole night.

“The whole Azerbaijan was concerned and that is natural,” he added.

“It is a coup attempt against the will, the choice of Turkish people, the constitution and democracy in the country,” said Mammadov.

He noted that Azerbaijan strongly condemns such attempts and considers this inadmissible.

“The friendly and partnership relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, between our brotherly nations and presidents are known to everyone,” said the top official. “This means that Azerbaijan always stands by Turkey.”

“Turkey is not the same as it was before and such coup attempts can no longer be fulfilled and accepted,” said Mammadov. “Currently, Turkey has a president and a government elected by people’s democratic will. The people are with them and support them.”

“I believe this coup attempt will be remembered as the last one in Turkey’s history,” added Mammadov.

A coup attempt was launched in Turkey late on July 15 by a group of Turkish military servicemen.

There were reports saying that Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was seized. Reports also indicated that 46 military men headed the attempt.

Later, Turkish officials announced that the attempt was foiled.