Turkish, Armenian representatives to meet next week
The first meeting of special representatives from Turkey and Armenia will be held on Jan 14, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Moscow will host the special envoys' meeting to discuss steps for normalizing bilateral relations.
Serdar Kılıç, a former ambassador to the US, was designated Turkey's special envoy to discuss steps towards normalization with neighboring Armenia on Dec. 15. Three days later, Armenia appointed National Assembly Deputy Speaker Ruben Rubinyan its special representative for dialogue with Turkey.
A ROADMAP FOR MOVING FORWARD
In their first meeting, the envoys will exchange views on a roadmap for moving forward, including confidence-building measures, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in a televised interview last week.
MOSCOW SUPPORTS THE TALKS
Russia last week announced that it supports talks between Turkey and Armenia to normalize ties, stressing that "the whole world will benefit from this reestablishment of neighborly relations."
Turkey and Armenia have long been divided by a number of issues, from Armenia's refusal to recognize their shared border to historical incidents with the Ottoman Empire's Armenian population in 1915, during World War I.