Opening of Armenian-Turkish border of global importance – PM

Armenia welcomes Turkey’s move to lift the ban on bilateral cargo transportation, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a press conference today.

“It’s important that there are not only negotiations between Turkey and Azerbaijan but also developments that will ensure the dynamics in negotiations. This is very important for the work of the special representatives, as well,” the Prime Minister said.  

“You know that there has been a phone conversation with the President of Turkey, and we have held a meeting in Prague. It’s important to ensure dynamics in the relations, and I do hope that in the near future the land border will be opened for nationals of third countries. We also expect opening of the border for diplomatic passport holders,” PM Pashinyan said.

He noted that these developments are important not only for Armenian-Turkish relations. “A serious change in international logistic chains is also taking place, and I think that the region is becoming more interesting in terms of international cargo transportation and gaining greater importance.”

“The opening of the border between Armenia and Turkey and re-launching of the railway is gaining a global importance, and I do hope we will have an opportunity to move forward along this path,” PM Pashinyan stated.

He reiterated Armenia’s interest in restoring the Yeraskh-Sadarak-Ordubad-Meghri Horadiz railway, opening of roads for cargo transportation in East-West direction and construction of new roads.

“Azerbaian’s continuous narrative about some corridors is the only factors hindering this,” he said.

“We are ready to implement our vision of the Armenian Crossroads,” PM Pashinyan said, adding that the change in international logistic chains can be used for the benefit of peace and stability in the region.

Asked whether the leaders of Armenia and Turkey could attend the upcoming matched between the national teams of the two countries, Nikol Pashinyan said “it depends on the overall situation and the political will of the parties.”

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