Turkey welcomes Armenia to participation in Antalya Diplomacy Forum

ANKARA – Turkey announced that Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and special envoy Ruben Rubinyan have been invited to the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in 2022. According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accepted these leaders' attendance in the event.

Azerbaijan will also attend the conference, according to Cavusoglu, who also stated that delegates from both Armenia and Azerbaijan will be allowed to "voice their ideas" at the location, which will serve as "confidence-building steps." Azerbaijan is supporting Turkey's normalisation process with Armenia, according to Cavusoglu.

The Antalya Diplomacy Forum is a high-level gathering of diplomatic professionals such as political leaders, diplomats, opinion makers, and academics, and it will take place on March 11-13 this year in an Antalya resort on the Mediterranean coast. On January 14, Turkish and Armenian envoys met in Moscow with the goal of ending decades of animosity between the two neighbours.

Due to the lack of diplomatic ties, Turkey named Serdar Kilic, a former US ambassador, as the special envoy, while Armenia named National Assembly Deputy Speaker Ruben Rubinyan to lead the negotiations. As part of their normalisation efforts, Turkey and Armenia will resume mutual charter flights between Istanbul and Yerevan on February 2.

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