Turkey supports dialogue to thaw relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the immediate opening of the Zangezur corridor, the Turkish foreign minister said Monday.
In a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani and Kazakh counterparts, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: “We strongly support the Zangezur corridor, which will provide a connection between the western regions of Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan,” an exclave of Azerbaijani territory currently reachable only through Armenia.
A call for opening the corridor ‘immediately’
Earlier on Monday, a trilateral meeting was held between the ministers of foreign affairs and transport in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.
“We are expecting the opening of the corridor immediately,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that this development will have a positive impact on the region.
Agreement between Baku, Yerevan
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said in late May that Baku agreed with Yerevan on the opening of the Zangezur corridor, including the construction of both railways and highways.
Following the completion of the railway, Azerbaijan will be able to reach Iran, Armenia and Nakhchivan. The railway will also link Turkey with Russia through Azerbaijan.
Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a 44-day war in September 2020 over Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
The war, which ended with a Russia-brokered peace deal, saw Azerbaijan liberate several cities and over 300 settlements and villages that were occupied by Armenia for almost 30 years.