Haberturk: Turkey and Armenia agree on direct air cargo transportation from 2023

Direct air cargo transportation between Turkey and Armenia is possible from the beginning of 2023, the agreement was reached as a result of the negotiations of the special representatives of the countries, Habertürk website reported citing the sources

As of January 1, 2023 direct air cargo transportation is possible between Turkey and Armenia, Habertürk newspaper wrote quoting diplomatic sources.

The agreement between the parties was reached as a result of negotiations between the special envoys. The newspaper interlocutors said that the Turkish Ministry of Trade informed the Association of Turkish Exporters of the decision.

Borders between Turkey and Armenia have been closed since 1993. The disagreement was related to the issue of recognition of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, among others.

At the end of 2021, Ankara and Yerevan appointed special envoys to normalize relations. In February 2022, the countries resumed air communication between Yerevan and Istanbul.

In mid-March of the same year the foreign ministers of the two countries positively assessed the settlement process and the Armenian minister Ararat Mirzoyan declared his readiness to establish diplomatic relations with Turkey. In summer Yerevan and Ankara agreed to open land borders for citizens of third countries, as well as to establish direct air transportations of cargoes.

In autumn 2022, the first face-to-face talks between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan were held in Prague. The Turkish leader said the meeting was held in a “positive atmosphere” and he believes in the normalization of relations between the two countries.

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