By Nane Sahakian
YEREVAN (Azatutyun) — Turkey has officially allowed cargo shipments by air to and from Armenia in line with an interim agreement reached by the two neighboring states last year.
The agreement, announced in July, followed four rounds of normalization talks held by Turkish and Armenian envoys. The two sides also agreed to open the Turkish-Armenian border to citizens of third countries.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday, January 6, reports that Ankara has lifted its long-standing ban on air freight traffic with Armenia.
“The Turkish side informed us today that the ban on direct air cargo shipments has been lifted,” the ministry spokesman, Vahan Hunanyan, said.
“We expect that the other agreement, enabling citizens of third countries to cross the land border, will also be implemented as soon as possible,” added Hunanyan.