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Turkey says it’s ready to open consulate in city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country is ready to open a consulate in Shusha, a city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces in a war in 2020.

Erdogan made the comment during a visit to Azerbaijan at the start of his third term in office following presidential elections last month.

Turkish Presidency Vote Goes to Run-Off as Outright Win Eludes Erdogan

Supporters wave flags and banners as Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes an address at the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Ankara early on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE/Necati Savas

The third candidate, nationalist Sinan Ogan, received a surprising 5.2 per cent of the votes.

Akar expects ‘moratorium’ in the Aegean between June 15-September 15

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Friday said he expects a moratorium with Greece in military and airforce exercises in the Aegean Sea between June 15 and September 15, to accommodate tourism, as relations continued to thaw following the deadly earthquakes in Turkey last February.

Ankara sending out signal for improved relations

Turkey wants to "share the wealth of the Aegean," its defense minister, Hulusi Akar, said at the weekend, while Ankara seeks to maintain a low tone in Greek-Turkish relations and is sending signals of cooperation to Athens. In interviews with CNN Turk TV and the Anadolu Agency, Akar referred positively to the phone conversation he had with his Greek counterpart Nikos Panagiotopoulos.