Erdogan, Armenian President Hold Landmark Meeting

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Armenian President Serge Sargisian held their first bilateral talks, the Armenian president’s office said on Friday.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on
Thursday, was “positive,” the press office said.

“President Sargisian and Prime Minister Erdogan considered their first meeting as positive and charged the foreign ministers of both countries to put additional efforts into normalizing relations,” it said.

Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic ties and their border has been closed for more than a decade.

In September, Turkish President Abdullah Gul became the first Turkish head of state to visit Armenia, boosting a tentative dialogue process between the two countries.

Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize Armenia when it gained independence in 1991 amid the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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