ANKARA: The third round of normalisation negotiations between Turkey and Armenia will take place on May 3 in Vienna, Austria, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
According to Xinhua reports, Turkey named Ambassador Serdar Kilic as the special representative, while Armenia sent Deputy Speaker Ruben Rubinyan to the negotiations. The first meeting between Turkish and Armenian envoys took place on January 14 in Moscow, and the second on February 24 in Vienna. The two neighbours began charter flights between Istanbul and Yerevan in February.
On March 12, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan met in Antalya, a vacation city in Turkey's southwest, to show their willingness to continue normalising relations.
Turkey and Armenia cut diplomatic ties in 1993 when the former chose to back Azerbaijan during the latter's conflict with the Caspian republic over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. In a battle with Azerbaijan in 2020, Armenia lost control of the areas around Nagorno-Karabakh.