Armenia to Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties With Turkey

Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said that his country is ready to normalize relations with Turkey after years of animosity.

“Armenia is ready to establish diplomatic relations and… the opening of the borders,” Ararat Mirzoyan said, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday.

“I was glad to hear from my Turkish counterpart that there is a political will on their side to lead the process to that end as well,” Mirzoyan added.

Mirzoyan met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, where they discussed prospects of fully normalizing their countries’ relations.

The Armenian foreign minister said that public opinion polls reflected popular support for better bilateral ties between Armenia and Turkey.

The two nations have been at odds for decades over several issues, including the 1.5 million people Armenia says were killed in 1915 in a genocide by the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor to modern Turkey.

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