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Turkey Reiterates Support For Azerbaijan In Karabakh Dispute

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will continue supporting Baku in efforts to resolve the Azerbaijani-Armenian dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Erdogan said after talks with Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Baku on September 3 that "Azerbaijan's rights have to be taken into consideration" in finding a resolution to the conflict.

Erdogan added that "if the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia [over Karabakh] is resolved, then the problems between Turkey and Armenia will also be solved."

Erdogan and Aliyev discussed the planned natural gas pipeline TANAP, which would bring Azerbaijani gas to Europe via Turkey's Antalya region.

Erdogan called Turkey and Azerbaijan "two nations from one stem," adding that the two countries plan to increase bilateral trade up to $15 billion annually.

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