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Ankara plans to open flights to Armenia’s regions and expand trade ties with Yerevan, Hurriyet daily of Turkey reported, citing the Turkish presidential administration’s closed discussions on foreign policy.

"As a first step, it was decided to open air communication with Armenia. Then the matter of flights to other regions will be put on the agenda. In particular, Van [city of Turkey] can become a tourism center for Armenians. At the same time, it is planned to restore some historical structures—such as the bridge and buildings near Kars [city of Turkey]—to which the Armenians attach great importance. In order to reduce the pressure of the Armenian diaspora, trade ties [with Turkey] will be expanded at the same time," the newspaper writes.

Earlier, the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation had announced that Turkey and Armenia will resume their air communication as of February 2, and flights between Yerevan and Istanbul will be operated three times a week.

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