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Canada Welcomes Dialogue Between Turkey and Armenia

December 13, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement after talks were held between Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Edward Nalbandian, Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs:

“Canada welcomes the recent talks between Turkey and Armenia, and urges both nations to continue to engage in dialogue that will support peace and security in the South Caucasus. Canada also supports the reconciliation process that commenced in 2009 between the two countries.

“Canada was particularly encouraged by Minister Davutoğlu’s call for more frequent interactions between Armenia and Turkey and his call for a renewed friendship between their peoples.”

This was the first visit to Armenia by a Turkish foreign minister in four years. The Turkish and Armenian counterparts met in Yerevan, Armenia, this week at a meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

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