Gul's visit to Armenia depends on developments: FM
Turkish President Abdullah Gul's attendance at a soccer match in Armenia will depend on developments between the two countries, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan told NTV broadcaster on Wednesday.
Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan has invited Gul to visit Yerevan for a soccer match in September, marking a shift in relations between two states which have no diplomatic ties, reported World Bulletin.
"Such a participation would depend on the developments ahead of the match," Babacan told NTV, without giving further details.
Armenia and Turkey will play against each other in the Armenian capital Yerevan on September 6 in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scheduled to be held in South Africa.
Turkey broke diplomatic relations with Armenia in protest against Yerevan's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh region from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s.
"The normalisation of relations with Armenia is one of Turkey's serious foreign policy goals," said Babacan.
Turkey was among the first countries that recognised Armenia's independence after fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.