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Armenian President Confirms Planned Meeting With Turkish PM

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has agreed to meet with Turkey's premier.
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has agreed to a request by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a meeting next week in Washington, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

Feridun Sinirlioglu, a Turkish Foreign Ministry undersecretary, met Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on April 7 to discuss the stalled Turkish-Armenian normalization process and ways to revive it.

Sarkisian's office said Sinirlioglu told the Armenian president about Erdogan's request for face-to-face talks on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit that will take place in Washington on April 12-13.

The head of Armenia's presidential press office, Armen Arzoumanian, confirmed to RFE/RL today that the meeting will take place.

Nalbandian said on April ) that Sarkisian will also meet U.S. President Barack Obama during his trip to Washington.

"We are confident the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Armenia and the United States will give a new impetus, a new quality, to our bilateral relations," Nalbandian said.

Observers believe the U.S. administration will use the forum for a last-ditch attempt to salvage the agreements signed last October on establishing formal diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey.