Turkish foreign minister confirms talks with Armenian officials
18.07.2008 16:21 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan confirmed
Friday that Turkey and Armenia held a series of secret meetings in
the capital of Switzerland on July 8. A high-level official from
the Foreign Ministry headed the Turkish delegation during the talks
which led to a positive atmosphere between the two countries, Hurriyet
This meeting came after Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s proposal
for "a fresh start" with the goal of normalizing relations with Turkey
and opening the border.
Sargsyan also invited Turkish President Abdullah Gul to watch a
football match between the two country’s national teams on Sept 6 to
mark "a new symbolic start in the two countries’ relations".
Turkish officials said the invitation has been evaluated and did not
rule out accepting it since it would not be an official visit.
Ertugrul Ozkok, editor-in-chief of Hurriyet daily, wrote in his column
that a high-level official from the foreign ministry confirmed the
report, but asked not to publish the story. "He told me that if the
story is published, then it would be formally denied," Ozkok wrote
in his column.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress