Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will pay a third visit to Azerbaijan since last year’s war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave with Armenia.
Erdoğan will meet his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev and attend the opening of the Fuzuli International Airport during a visit starting on Tuesday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday. Fuzuli is located in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan are at an historic peak following last autumn’s six weeks of clashes in the disputed region, where Turkish military support proved crucial to Azerbaijan reclaiming control over the territory from Armenian-backed forces.
On a visit to Azerbaijan in June, Erdoğan and Aliyev signed the Shusha Declaration, which foresaw an expansion of political, economic and defence ties between their countries. Under the declaration, named after an important city Azerbaijan recaptured from ethnic Armenian groups last year, the countries pledged “joint efforts” to restructure and modernise their armed forces.
Erdoğan also visited Azerbaijan in December last year, attending celebrations for Baku’s victory in the war. The two presidents signed a protocol ensuring that Turkish and Azerbaijani citizens could begin passport-free travel between the countries as of April 1.