President Aliyev ends his visit to Turkey- UPDATE

By Aynur Karimova

President Ilham Aliyev, who embarked on a visit to neighboring Turkey, was officially welcomed in Ankara on March 15.

A guard of honor was lined up for the Azerbaijani president in Ankara. Turkish President Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed his Azerbaijani counterpart.

The national anthems of the two countries were played out. The head of the guard of honor reported to Azerbaijan’s president. Then the presidents passed by the guard of honor.

Turkish state and government representatives were introduced to President Aliyev, and the Azerbaijani delegation members were introduced to President Erdogan. The presidents also posed for photographs.

Following the official welcoming ceremony in Ankara, President Aliyev and Erdogan held a one-on-one meeting.

Later, the fifth meeting of the Turkey-Azerbaijan High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council was held in Ankara, March 15, with participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Azerbaijan and Turkey signed six documents after the fifth meeting of the Turkey-Azerbaijan High-Level Strategic Cooperation.

Following the ceremony of signing documents, President Aliyev and President Erdogan made statements for the press.

The terror attacks on Turkey will have no effect, President Aliyev said at a press conference.

On behalf of Azerbaijan and its people, President Aliyev expressed condolences to the brotherly Turkish people over the recent terrorist attack in Ankara.

He added that Azerbaijan strongly condemns this terrorist attack and reiterates that the country stands by the people of Turkey.

President Aliyev stated that the unity of Azerbaijan and Turkey is eternal and unshakeable.

Azerbaijan has once again proved its brotherly relations to Turkey, the Turkish President said.

“I am grateful to the president of Azerbaijan,” said Erdogan.

“Turkey has been proud of Azerbaijan’s success throughout 25 years since it gained independence,” said Erdogan, adding that Turkey, as before, will support Azerbaijan in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

On the same day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hosted a reception in honor of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

President Aliyev completed his working visit to the Republic of Turkey on March 15.

A guard of honor was arranged for the Azerbaijani President at the Esenboga Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saw off President Ilham Aliyev.

Chief of the guard of honor reported to the head of state. President Ilham Aliyev saluted the guard of honor.

Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan had tea together on-board the plane.

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