February 08
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Discussions on technical issues aimed at opening the Armenian-Turkish border will continue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Vahan Hunanyan said when asked by Radio Azatutyun about the outcome of the last meeting between the delegations of the two countries. However, he did not specify where and in what format the next meeting is planned.

"Technical issues related to the implementation of the agreements were discussed. Discussions will continue," Foreign Ministry spokesman Vahan Hunanyan said.

Armenian-Turkish technical delegations met earlier this month. Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said yesterday that representatives from the two countries were on both sides of the border and even had lunch on Armenian territory. "The work to be done in opening the borders, repairing bridges, border control, and issues related to checkpoints were discussed. In that sense, we can say that there is a positive shift in this process," he said.

Neither Ankara nor Yerevan has reported separately on the border where representatives of the two countries met. Earlier, Yerevan spokesman Ruben Rubinyan said the meeting took place on November 1. Rubinyan also assessed it positively.

"Representatives of a number of specialized agencies of Armenia and Turkey met at the border. You remember, I said earlier, that such a meeting was planned, and at the meeting the implementation of these agreements and not only that, in general the issues related to the unblocking of the Armenian-Turkish border were discussed," he said.

The Armenian side did not say who was in the Armenian delegation. Armenian Foreign Ministry did not specify either, saying only that representatives of departments related to opening of Armenian-Turkish border took part in the meeting.

The new settlement process between Yerevan and Ankara began after the 44-day war in 2020. The biggest achievement so far is the restoration of air links and an agreement to open the border to third-country nationals and start air travel, but the terms of this agreement have not yet been determined. The parties also do not disclose dates.

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