YEREVAN (Agence France Presse) — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was scheduled to arrive in Armenia on December 12, on his first visit since the failure four years ago of efforts to normalize ties.
Davutoglu’s visit will be the first since October 2009 when moves to open diplomatic ties and reopen the border came to nothing.
He is scheduled to attend a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation forum in Yerevan on December 12 but it is not known if he will hold separate bilateral talks with Armenian officials.
“In the past, we met with the Armenian foreign minister and can meet any time,” Davutoglu said. “We are ready to meet with everyone everywhere to discuss steps for peace in the south Caucasus.”
Ankara had closed the border with Armenia in 1993 in solidarity with regional ally Azerbaijan in its dispute with Yerevan over Nagorno Karabagh.
Davutoglu announced the trip after meeting Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kiev on Thursday, Turkish press reports said.