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Turkish FM Visits Yerevan, Meets Armenian Counterpart

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) and Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meet in Yerevan on December 12.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) and Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meet in Yerevan on December 12.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in Yerevan on December 12 for a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation group.

It was the first visit to Armenia by a high-level Turkish official in nearly five years.

On the sidelines of the gathering, Davutoglu met with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian.

Turkey and Armenia remain deeply divided over the mass killings of Armenians during the World War I era.

The two countries have no diplomatic relations, and Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in solidarity with Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Efforts in 2009 to establish diplomatic relations and reopen the border failed.

Protesters met Davutoglu's entourage in Yerevan on December 12, forcing him to enter the conference building through a back door.

Based on reporting by Reuters, panorama.am, and Interfax

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