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Turkish Parliamentary Delegation Arrives In Baku

BAKU -- A Turkish parliamentary delegation has arrived in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, for a visit aimed at easing tensions over Turkey's rapprochement with Armenia, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

The Turkish Embassy in Baku told RFE/RL that the delegation consists of 10 members of Turkey's Grand National Assembly and will hold talks with several key Azerbaijani officials, including President Ilham Aliyev and parliament speaker Oktay Asadov.

The Turkish lawmakers will also take part on October 29 in a special event in Baku's Gulistan Palace devoted to Turkish independence day, which was established on October 29, 1923.

Turkish-Azerbaijani relations became tense after Turkish-Armenian protocols that could lead to improved relations were signed in Zurich on October 10.

Aliyev made very critical comments about Turkey during a cabinet session on October 16.