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Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan seek to bolster ties

TURKEY, AZERBAIJAN, TURKMENISTAN SEEK TO BOLSTER TIES

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan Wednesday exchanged their views on strengthening cooperation among the three countries.

"This trilateral meeting will solidly strengthen the ties between the three countries," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Cavusoglu's remarks came after the fourth trilateral meeting in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov and Rashid Meredov, Turkmenistan's foreign minister.

He said the foreign ministers exchanged views on both bilateral and regional cooperation and they will continue to have talks on that in upcoming years.

Cavusoglu said there are projects to boost economy between the countries and the three countries are "resolute" about enhancing cooperation in energy field.

"Test drives of Baku-Tbilisi-Baku railway begins today [on Wednesday]," he said, adding the project was completed and train service will "hopefully" start in autumn.

The Kars-Tblisi-Baku Railway Project is a regional rail project linking Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. It is expected to increase the flow of containers and other types of cargo from Asia to Europe.

Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey will continue to give support to Azerbaijan and called on Armenia to act under the international law.

"The Upper Karabakh dispute needs to be resolved as soon as possible within the framework of international law and Azerbaijan's sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.

Azerbaijan and Armenia remain in dispute over the occupied Karabakh region. Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan in 1991 with Armenian military support, and a peace process has yet to be implemented.

Cavusoglu was received by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev earlier on Wednesday and the pair discussed bilateral relations and regional developments.

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