Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set for his first international appearances after taking office on Aug. 28, including participation at the key NATO Summit and bilateral visits to Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan.
Erdoğan’s itinerary this week begins with a one-day trip to Northern Cyprus, in line with the tradition followed by Turkish statesmen who come to office. Erdogan’s second trip abroad will be to Azerbaijan. He is expected to depart to Baku tomorrow and will meet with Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev the following day.
As reported by Hurriyet Daily News, the new president’s visit to Baku will touch on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, which also affects Ankara-Yerevan relations.
Remind that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian was in Turkey last week to attend Erdogan’s inauguration as president and used the venue as an opportunity to submit a letter of invitation to Erdogan for the next year’s centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Turkey has not yet responded to the invitation.