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Azerbaijan’s FM Praises Armenia Meeting for Building Bridges

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has praised a recent meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan, stating that while specific solutions were not reached, the meeting improved understanding and laid the groundwork for future engagements.

Bayramov emphasized the importance of face-to-face meetings in peace negotiations, stating that the two-day negotiations were generally beneficial, as they focused on resolving open issues and approaches that the parties had not reached an agreement on.

Bayramov also noted that Armenia had a special expectation in addressing the rights of Armenians in Karabakh in previous negotiations.

Azerbaijan’s President, Recep Tayyip Bayramov, has expressed his desire for a peace agreement with Armenia, arguing that the issue of Armenians in Azerbaijani territories is a domestic matter.

Azerbaijan has demanded the withdrawal of Armenian forces from its territory, which Armenia claims it cannot control.

Bayramov clarified that the negotiation on this issue is no longer ongoing after the September 19 counterterrorism operation, which effectively ended the presence of illegal armed forces.

He also expressed the desire for a sustainable agreement within international legal rules and a friendship relationship based on mutual respect.

However, he acknowledged that it is not possible to establish relations with every state at the same level, as seen in the unprecedented relations between Türkiye and Azerbaijan.

Bayramov discussed the military and defense industry cooperation between Ankara and Baku, highlighting the restructuring of the Azerbaijani army in line with the Turkish army model.

The two countries conduct joint exercises annually, and defense is crucial for national security.

Turkey has achieved a significant increase in domesticity in the defense industry from 20% to 80%, a feat few countries can achieve.

Azerbaijan is also taking steps to meet its military needs, such as purchasing weapons from Turkey, joint production with Turkish companies in Azerbaijan, and involving Azerbaijani companies and experts in Turkish companies’ projects in Turkey.

This cooperation is a significant indicator of the country’s commitment to national security and defense.

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