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Azerbaijani-Turkish Gas Deal Signing Postponed


Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (left) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (left) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

BAKU -- Azerbaijan and Turkey today said they will sign a deal on Azerbaijani natural gas exports to Turkey during President Ilham Aliyev's visit to Ankara on June 7-8, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

Azerbaijani officials said earlier the agreement regulating the amount and price of the exports would be signed today during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Baku.

At a press conference with Erdogan following their talks, Aliyev said the agreement is ready to be signed.

Erdogan said the two leaders also agreed on establishing a Strategic Partnership Council. He added that it will also be signed when Aliyev visits Ankara.

Erdogan said Aliyev updated him on the state of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.

Aliyev said Azerbaijan has accepted -- with minor exceptions -- the updated peace proposal from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Minsk Group, and expects Armenia to do the same.

He said if Armenia withdraws from the Azerbaijani territory that it occupies, then Baku will open its border and establish relations with Armenia.

During his one-day visit to Baku, Erdogan inaugurated a monument to Turkey's first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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