Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan headed to the Nakhchivan autonomous region in Azerbaijan on Monday, at the invitation of his counterpart Ilham Aliyev.
Erdogan pointedly flew to Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan, a strip of territory between Armenia, Iran, and Turkey that Ankara and Baku want to connect with the rest of Azerbaijan by creating a land corridor running through southern Armenia.
Aliyev welcomed Erdogan with an official ceremony ahead of one-on-one talks to discuss bilateral relations, as well as the recent developments in Karabakh, in addition to regional and global issues where the talks ended with a joint press conference.
The two counterparts also discussed establishing a natural gas pipeline between Nakhchivan in Azerbaijan and Igdir in Turkey.
It is worth mentioning that Ankara and Baku agreed in 2020 to supply natural gas from Türkiye to Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic under a memorandum of understanding.
Erdogan and Aliyev also attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Igdir-Nakhchivan natural gas pipeline.